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Fake news is not new, but it's never been so pervasive or harder to spot. Find out how to spot fake news.
Last Updated: Apr 28, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Do You Know Fake News When You See it?

Fake news would not be a problem if people knew it when they saw it. It matters because most people have trouble identifying fake news.

A Pew Research study (link below) showed that 64% of Americans had a great deal of confusion with an additional 24% having some confusion. That's a lot!


Fake News More Engaging than Real News

In fact, the chart below demonstrates that fake news can get more traction than real news. During the 2016 Presidential election, fake news stories on Facebook were viewed 1.4 million times more than real news stories.

(click the chart to see it full size)

Infographic: Fake News Is A Real Problem | Statista


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