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International Analysis of Fake News

Student: Alyona Korobko

Supervisor: Ilya Kiriya

Faculty: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design

Educational Programme: Journalism (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

Fake news is an information hoax or deliberate dissemination of false information in social and traditional media with the aim of misleading in order to obtain financial or political benefits. Fake news authors often use catchy headlines or completely fabricated stories to increase readership and citation. In this case, the profit is generated similarly to the principles of click-betting and represents the income from advertising, which is generated regardless of the reliability of the published materials. Easy access to audience reach, increased political polarization of society and the ubiquity of social networks led to the spread of fake news. The purpose of this work is to determine the level of confidence of mass audience about fake news and to find out if false information moves really faster than true.

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