Fake News is when a news source, print or web based, publishes knowingly false statements. Fake news includes articles that are made up and untrue. Sometimes they use statistics in ways that are misleading. Sometimes there is a mix of true and untrue items. While the motivation of some fake news sites is to create click-throughs that generate income for the website owner other times it is to deceive in a way that might influence a public event like an election for example. Fake news can have serious consequences. Satirical sites might be a kind of fake news but while they might be biased they are not usually trying to deceive.
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