Fake news is information that is intentionally fabricated. False news stories are concocted for a variety of reasons, including for entertainment. For example, The Onion is a satirical media publication that presents made-up “news” as entertainment. Fake news has been used throughout history for a variety of reasons, such as for political gain or to generate interest in a cause. Into the twenty-first century, the Internet and online social media have made it easier to spread misinformation, making it difficult to discern real news from fake news.
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Source: "Fake News." Gale Student Resources in Context, Gale, 2017. Student Resources in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/HSABQQ080410990/SUIC?u=aisriyad&xid=440f6a44. Accessed 28 Sept. 2017.