What is fake news?


'Fake News' was a term initially used to describe fictitious news stories which were published during the 2016 US Presidential Election. They were either money-making ventures, aiming to get advertising from "click-bait" pages (ie stories which are so surprising large numbers of people will click on them) or deliberate attempts to mislead. Most 'fake news' stories appeared to support Donald Trump's election campaign. Trump adopted the term as a campaigning tactic to describe stories which were critical of him which came from reputable news organisations such as the New York Times and CNN which he claimed were untrue or exaggerated.

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What are rules for Tory leadership contests?

How does the Conservative party leadership election work, and what is the role of the 1922 committee?

What is a vassal state?

Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg warn that the UK would become a 'vassal state' under the Brexit deal supported by Theresa May.

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What did former tennis player John McEnroe say about Serena Williams?

Why is Salvador Dali being exhumed?

Why are they digging up artist Salvador Dali's body?

What happened with the BBC News at Ten going off air?

What made the BBC News at Ten crash?

Why is Ed Miliband doing a radio show?

Why is the former Labour leader sitting in for Jeremy Vine?

Why is Daniel Day-Lewis retiring?

Why is three-times Oscar winner actor Daniel Day-Lewis retiring?