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Types of false information

The following definitions have been taken from Macquarie Dictionary (2020).

Term Definition
Fake news Disinformation and hoaxes published on websites for political purposes or to drive web traffic, the incorrect information being passed along by social media.
Misinformation To give false or misleading information.
Disinformation Misleading information supplied intentionally, as in counterespionage.
Propaganda Dissemination of ideas, information or rumour for the purpose of injuring or helping an institution, a cause or a person.
Satire The use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, etc., in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc
Clickbait An attention-grabbing link on a website which turns out to be of spurious value or interest.

Tips

  • Don't just read the headlines
  • Always question what you read
  • Always question what you are told
  • Find out if the story is being covered by other media sources
  • Check the comments on Facebook to see if other "fact checkers" have provided evidence to the contrary

Fact checking websites and resources now exist to help you determine what is likely to be fake news. Check if the International Fact-Checking Network has accredited the website.

Australian fact-checking sites

International fact-checking sites

Consider your responsbility

Take responsibility for the information you share or publish. Check your facts first.

How to spot fake news


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