Definitions and interpretations of fake news
The term “fake news” refers to false information spread through media channels such as print, broadcast, or online platforms. It can have many definitions and interpretations.
Fake news can be seen as a hoax or a fabricated story that has no factual basis but is presented as the truth. Sometimes, politicians use such fake news to gain political success. One example is US President Donald Trump, who sometimes makes false statements that represent his personal opinions and presents them as facts.
Fake news can also be defined by its purpose. Fake news is usually deliberately created to mislead the public, in which case its purpose is disinformation. Consequently, fake news could be considered propaganda. This is because fake news usually includes scandalous material, blame, misleading images, and quotes taken out of context. All these elements can be used to distort facts and truths for political gains.
However, fake news can also be the result of an honest mistake or negligence, in which case they lead to misinformation.
However, note that since the second half of 2016, some politicians have started to invoke the term “fake news” against critical press material. It is important to note the current President of the United States...