What do we mean when we say fake news?
In the span of just a few months it has gone from being completely unknown to a global concern. In the process, the phrase “fake news” has been misused, abused, and co-opted. Here’s how I define it:
Fake news is completely false information that was created for financial gain.
The financial component is important because we already have a good term for false information created for ideological or political reasons: propaganda.
Fake news is not:
- State-sponsored disinformation.
- Bad reporting.
- A news story you don’t like.
- Ideologically-driven news that goes against your views.