Family of Falsehoods: Deception, Media Hoaxes and Fake News (10/11)

A family of falsehoods: deception, media hoaxes and fake news

“Fake news” became a concern for journalists in 2017 as news organizations sought to differentiate themselves from false information spread via social media, websites and public officials. This essay examines the history of media hoaxing and fake news to help provide context for the current U.S. media environment. In addition, definitions of the concepts are proposed to provide clarity for researchers and journalists trying to explain these phenomena.


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