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Fake News, Real News: Misinformation/Disinformation

Misinformation is false or inaccurate information that is spread regardless of the intent to mislead. 

In a survey conducted in 2016, 64% of adults said that fake news had caused a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current issues and events, while 23% said they themselves have shared a made-up news story online. In the United States, 93% of adults get at least some of that news online, either via mobile or desktop applications. Social media are a key driver of traffic to news sites, with Facebook leading the way.

Source: Pew Research Center

Disinformation is false or misleading information that is spread deliberately with the intent to deceive. The goal of sharing false information is to influence others by deceiving them or actively trying to manipulate them.



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