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Fake News, Misinformation & Disinformation: Why is Fake News Created?

Guide to navigating 'fake news' found primarily online.

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Fake News: Definition

Fake news: false news stories, often of a sensational nature, created to be widely shared online for the purpose of generating ad revenue via web traffic or discrediting a public figure, political movement, company, etc.

Time Magazine

'Fake News' Is Being Added To the Dictionary

HOWLER Tutorial

Why is Fake News Created? What motivates the creators of 'fake news' content?

Deep Fakes - CNN

Inside the Pentagon's Race Against Disinformation (Deep Fakes)

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Media Help

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Fake News Edition

Published by "On the Media", WNYC New York

CNN Commentary

The real definition of fake news - CNN Video. (2017, February 26). Retrieved July 10, 2017

After Truth: Disinformation and the cost of Fake News.

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Fake News: How It Operates

Understanding the Phenomenon

Operation Infektion: Inside Russia's Disinformation Campaigns

In a series of three videos, the New York Times gives a detailed account of Russia's history of disinformation dating back to its days as a part of the Soviet Union through to its more current campaigns to sow division and discord in the United States. 

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Mechanisms of Fake News & Case Studies

News Feed - Google News - Fake News Coverage

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