Explaining the buzzwords of the moment: What's fake news and what does it mean for you?
Our weekly series What The Heck Is… sheds light on the strange unexplained acronyms and unfamiliar buzzwords that creep into our everyday lives.
The subject we’re untangling this week? Fake news.
Fake news isn’t just something that’s factually incorrect. It’s a genre of publishing in its own right (albeit a pretty awful one).
Fake news is peddled by outlets that deliberately create factually incorrect stories (or even memes) to promote their own agenda.
The prolificacy of fake news has spiralled as social media has grown. But this week, Google – and then Facebook – took a stand by promising to block it from their platforms.
Their pledges follow Donald Trump’s success in the US election, which has been buoyed by an abundance of fake news stories.
In Britain, Brexit also saw a surge in factually incorrect propaganda dressed up as news.
Whatever you believe – between unsolicited updates, cat memes and baby photos – there’s enough rubbish on social media already.
Let’s keep our news free and true – that means keeping fake news off Facebook.
Our weekly series What The Heck Is… exists to shed light on the strange unexplained acronyms and unfamiliar buzzwords that creep into our everyday lives.
Kitty Knowles is a Senior Features Writer at The Memo. Kitty previously worked as an online journalist for GQ. She can be found tweeting @KittyGKnowles.