What's the difference between 'fake news' and 'false news'?


Fake news is a term which has two different definitions:

  • Intentionally misleading stories published by bogus news organisations with a view to selling online advertising or manipulating public opinion.
  • News stories by legitimate news organisations with which someone - notably President Trump - disagrees.

"False news" is a new term introduced by Facebook as its preferred terminology for the kind of intentionally misleading stories which are spread on its site.

What is the 1922 Committee and why is it called that?

What is the Conservative party's 1922 committee, and how did it get its name?

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.

What did John McEnroe say about Serena Williams?

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?