Fake news is now an everyday expression. But what is it exactly? The Australian Government's eSafety Commissioner defines fake news as a "term used to describe fictional news stories that are made up to support certain agendas". There are many reasons why an organisation or journalist might write a fake news story:
Fake news can be in the form of:
It is important to understand that fake news stories exist in a wider ecosystem of misinformation, and that these issues can affect all different types of sources you engage with, not just media or online news content.
Watch the video below for an introduction of fake news and how fake news stories can spread so easily: