The BBC defines fake news as:
- false information distributed deliberately, usually for political or commercial purposes
But for others fake news has become a catch all term to dismiss a story, claim or news report.
In this video BBC editors and journalists:
- look at different types of fake news and false and inaccurate information
- explain some of the reasons why these stories are made and spread
For schools wanting more information about the types of fake and false information go to our lesson plan.