What is Fake News? There seem to be 4 main types of stories considered to be "Fake News":
Google and Facebook algorithms are designed to help you find or see information that you are interested in and it can create dangerous echo chambers where you only see information that falls in line with your point of view, even if it is a fringe opinion.
Sponsored content and articles containing affiliate links are written with the goal of getting you to click on the article, not necessarily to inform you. Articles like these are sometimes called 'clickbait' and it's not just pop-news and sensational websites that do this. In some cases, sponsored content articles are not even written by the publication posting the piece.
Use these resources to verify claims made:
The News Literacy Project presents these 10 questions to help in fake news detection:
EasyBib has made this handy infographic for evaluating news articles:
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