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Fake News & Misinformation: Fake News

A global issue around the spread of false and incorrect information that appears to be published as fact.

What is Fake News?

Fabricated information from sources that lack processes for ensuring the accuracy and credibility of information. Fake news overlaps with other information disorders, such as misinformation (false or misleading information) and disinformation (false information that is purposely spread to deceive people).

Lazer, D. M. (2018, March 9). The Science of Fake News. Science. Retrieved February 25, 2022, from

Discusses differences between misinformation, disinformation and malinformation as well as strategies for lateral and critical reading.

Spracklin, E. & Espina, C. (2022). Critical Digital Literacy (infographic), Alki: The Washington Library Association Journal. 38(2): 37.

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