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7 Reasons Why We Fall for Fake News Critically thinking about fake news


The concept of fake news is nothing new. It refers to a story that isn’t true or is not entirely true, taking the form of, for example, accidental misinformation or deliberate disinformation. But what makes it problematic now more so than ever is its abundance and the fact that people keep falling for it. In a recent piece, “10 Ways to Spot Fake News,” my purpose was to provide tips for identifying it; however, perhaps just as important is our understanding of why we fall for it.

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