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Fake News, Misinformation, and Disinformation: Getting Started

This guide will help you learn more about fake news and the difference between disinformation and misinformation.

Fake News, Misinformation, & Disinformation

What is Fake News?

Fake news is fabricated or misleading information not based on fact. It is intended to disseminate:

  • Intentionally false information.
  • Hyperpartisan information that displays extreme political bias.
  • Information lacking in credible attribution or supporting evidence.
  • Old information presented as brand-new information.
  • Satirical or absurd stories like The Onion.

This information can be separated into broad categories of fake news:

Fake News Categories

Watch this video from the Fordham University Libraries to learn more about fake news and how to analyze your sources.

Watch this Ted-Ed video to learn about the phenomenon that helps spread fake news and misinformation.