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Fake news, disinformation and propaganda: Old story with a new name

The term "fake news" is recent, but promulgating misleading and false information is age-old. Before the use of social media influencing public opinion by manipulating information was called "disinformation" or disinformation campaigns." A BBC article under the heading "Nothing New Here," The (almost) complete history of fake news, states:

Misinformation, spin, lies and deceit have of course been around forever. But what Silverman and others uncovered was a unique marriage between social media algorithms, advertising systems, people prepared to make stuff up to earn some easy cash and an election that gripped a nation and much of the world.

Videos to help you evaluate fake news

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Ted Talk: Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online

 

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60 Minutes producers investigate 'fake news'

What surprised 60 Minutes producers who reported on "stories that are provably false" and why arguing about it "is like going down the rabbit hole."