Fake News on Social Media
Media experts define fake news as factually false information, delivered in the context of a supposedly true news story and deliberately designed to deceive readers. In the twenty-first century, the term is used primarily to describe internet and social media disinformation campaigns. The distinction between misinformation and disinformation has a critical impact on public understanding of fake news. "Misinformation" typically describes falsehoods of fact that are spread either purposely or accidentally. Satire is an example of purposeful misinformation, while unintentional journalistic inaccuracies offer an example of accidental misinformation. "Disinformation," on the other hand, always refers to information specifically designed to mislead or deceive consumers to influence their attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors. Thus, fake news is disinformation, not misinformation.
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