“Fake news” often means news that contradicts our worldview
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New research provides evidence that the news sources people consider to be “fake news” are the ones that conflict with their pre-existing political beliefs. The study, published in Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, found that news sources considered by conservatives to provide real news were considered by liberals to be sources of fake news and propaganda, and vice versa. “My colleague and I noted an explosion in popularity of the term ‘fake news’ around the time of the 2016 US Presidential election,” said study author Robert B. Michael, who co-authored the research with Brooke …

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