“Fake news” is a term that has come to mean different things to different people. At its core,
we are defining “fake news” as those news stories that are false: the story itself is fabricated, with no verifiable facts, sources or quotes. Sometimes these stories may be propaganda that is intentionally designed to mislead
the reader, or may be designed as “clickbait” written for economic incentives (the
writer profits on the number of people who click on the story). In recent years, fake
news stories have proliferated via social media, in part because they are so easily
and quickly shared online.
Shared on the University of Michigan Library Fake News resource guide.