What is fake news?


Fake News is the term used to describe propoganda or deliberate disinformation that has been falsely generated and popularised through social media either for fiancial gain or for political influence. It first came to promience in the elections of 2016 and formed part of the Russian influence campaigns in both the Brexit vote and the Trump Campaign.

There were also people generating stories for financial gain relying on the ad revenue from sensalisationlist headlines. The most read fake news story of the 2016 presidential campagin was the story of the pope endorsing Donald Trump for president, this was viewed by more than 1 million Americans.

It has become a term used by dodgy politicians around the world to dismiss any unfavourable or critical news stories.