Fake news exists within a larger context, often described as misinformation. Misinformation is a false story that is inadvertently created or spread but without the intent to deceive. Fake news differs from other types of misinformation in that fake news is fabricated, and designed and spread with the specific intent of making a profit. Many types of fake news circulate constantly, but fake news is a very old concept that simply has become more accessible via the web. The graph below identifies and defines types of fake news; find visual examples of each type under the "Examples of Fake News" tab.
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