When the news is fake, and the reader doesn’t know it

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 29May2016

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 29May2016

The BBC examines the growth of fake news sites that the unsuspecting public thinks are real.

So with research suggesting an increasing proportion of US adults are getting their news from social media, it’s likely that more and more of us are seeing – and believing – information that is not just inaccurate, but totally made up.

There are hundreds of fake news websites out there, from those which deliberately imitate real life newspapers, to government propaganda sites, and even those which tread the line between satire and plain misinformation.

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