Fake news has certainly been a hot topic in America lately. While most of the fake news outrage has been centered on the political arena, it is an issue that greatly impacts individuals and organizations globally.
I recently sat down to figure out just how big the fake news problem is. Here are a few of the most interesting (and alarming) fake news statistics I was able to dig up. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.
Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. The statistics are from news reports and not necessarily scientific tallies. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100% accurate.
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It is also worth noting that, for the purposes of this post, I am using the traditional definition of fake news (intentionally made up stories) rather than the recently expanded and muddied definition that both sides of the political spectrum have been using to explain off news reports that don’t favor their side.