[ feyk nooz, nyooz ]
/ ˈfeɪk ˈnuz, ˈnyuz /
noun (usually used with a singular verb)
false news stories, often of a sensational nature, created to be widely shared or distributed for the purpose of generating revenue, or promoting or discrediting a public figure, political movement, company, etc.: It’s impossible to avoid clickbait and fake news on social media.
a parody that presents current events or other news topics for humorous effect in an obviously satirical imitation of journalism: The website publishes fake news that is hilarious and surprisingly insightful.
Sometimes Facetious. (used as a conversational tactic to dispute or discredit information that is perceived as hostile or unflattering): The senator insisted that recent polls forecasting an election loss were just fake news.
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Is Online News Reliable?Remember that time we learned that Facebook and Twitter acknowledged that the Russians posted fake news on their sites during the 2016 presidential election campaign ... it is estimated that the fake news spread to over 126 million Americans. Can we still trust what we read online?
Origin of fake news
First recorded in 1800–20 in the sense “false news, spurious news”; the current sense was first recorded in 2010–15
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019