It is a common mistake, but there are many different ways to fake news, said Chris Liddell, a professor of journalism at Rutgers University.
“A fake news story can be anything from a story that is sourced from a news source that is clearly fake, to a story where someone is misinterpreting facts to create a false story, to fake photos, to some sort of embellishment,” he said.
The “fake news” label is a catchall for any story that, without verification, is misleading, and many are intentionally created by people or groups with an agenda.
It is also used to describe news stories that are deliberately fabricated to discredit or undermine the credibility of others.
For instance, it is often used to dismiss stories that accuse a group of terrorists of killing more than 500 people, for example.
Fake news is especially common in countries that have recently emerged from economic downturns, such as Venezuela, Brazil and South Africa.
“We see this with the Venezuela crisis,” said Liddells, who is based at the University of Pennsylvania’s Media, Politics and Public Policy Center.
“There is a huge amount of fake news that is disseminated by people who are really trying to hurt or discredit the Venezuelan government.”
The United States has seen a spike in the number of fake stories since the election of Donald Trump in November.
On Jan. 19, for instance, Trump was widely reported to have retweeted a fake story that said former president Barack Obama had been involved in a plot to assassinate Trump.
But Trump’s tweet was quickly debunked, and a White House spokesperson said that Obama did not know about it.
The next day, a tweet that was later removed was reported to be about an American woman who had been detained by Iran.
The story was later debunked and the woman was released.
A tweet from Trump’s account about the story was also later deleted.
The number of stories that have been widely circulated by fake news authors is increasing.
On Monday, CNN reported that “fake” news was being spread across Twitter.
And in the past week, the news network reported that stories posted on a website called Infowars had been shared more than 5 million times.
But Liddels said there are also “substantial” fake news stories published by mainstream media outlets.
“I think it’s going to get worse,” he added.