The Ethical Journalism Network defines fake news as “information deliberately fabricated and published with the intention to deceive and mislead others into believing falsehoods or doubting verifiable facts.” While the term has flourished in popularity with the rise of social media and 24/7 news cycles, fake news as a concept has existed for as long as there has been news to report. Today fake news shows up in any number of forms, from easily apparent to decidedly inconspicuous, prompting greater attention to the media and information literacy skills of Canadians.
UNESCO emphasizes three types of false information:
Some indications of fake news include:
CBC News offers an explainer on fake news, misinformation, and disinformation