Newsweek article The term “fake news” refers to articles that are posted by people who use pseudonyms and fake or misleading information to create or spread misinformation.
Many websites use fake news as a form of advertising to promote their products.
But a growing number of people say they are not aware what the term means and don’t want to take action because they fear being called a fake news site.
Some say they believe the term is misleading, and that they have to correct or edit their posts in order to avoid getting into trouble.
If you have any questions about the meaning of “fake” news, read the FAQ.
Are you concerned about your identity being compromised?
Read our guide to protecting your personal information.
Are there any laws against fake news?
In November, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a law called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which allows the Department of Homeland Security to share cyber threat data with other federal, state, and local agencies.
The law also authorizes the FBI to use cybersecurity information to investigate and prosecute cyber crime, including identity theft, cyberstalking, child pornography, and child pornography websites.
In 2017, the Senate passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Joint Committee on Cybersecurity) that would make it a federal crime for a private entity to intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly disclose information about a cyber threat to the government without authorization.
Does the law apply to “fake and misleading” news?
Fake news is defined as any false, misleading, or defamatory statement, report, or advertisement that contains a defamator’s or author’s personal or financial information, whether intended to influence the public’s perception or not, to falsely attribute a negative or unfavorable opinion about another entity or person, or to mislead the public or other persons in obtaining information.
If a person publishes false, defamative or misleading news, they can be prosecuted under the Federal False Claims Act.
But the law does not apply to news sites that publish “fake or misleading” stories or news articles about health, education, politics, and other public issues.
How can I tell if someone is using a fake identity?
If you are unsure if someone you know is using an identity that is not your real one, it’s important to call the news sites and ask about it.
Fake news websites often post information about identity theft and other identity fraud.
These sites sometimes offer tips on how to avoid being the victim of identity theft.
How do I report fake news sites?
If a news site has posted a fake article, or if someone has posted information that is false, false or misleading, contact the news site and ask for more information about how to report it.
You can also contact the Federal Trade Commission.
Do I need to call a news source to report a fake story?
While it’s possible that someone could have posted a false article on a news website, it is not required to contact the site in order for that person to be reported.
How should I respond to someone who claims to be a fake person?
Fake or misleading stories are not a threat to a person’s privacy or safety, and they are never legitimate.
You don’t need to be offended to see a fake or deceptive story.
If someone is trying to trick you, don’t react negatively.
Don’t judge them by their actions.
You are an important member of the community, and it’s best to treat everyone with dignity and respect.
If it appears someone is acting dishonestly, report that person and ask them to stop.
If that person continues to post inaccurate or misleading content, you should also report them.
This will make it easier for the news organizations to respond and keep people safe.
If people are harassing you or posting harmful content online, report it and help others find the source of the harassment.
If an article or a photo has been shared that is offensive, you may be able to report that user to the news organization.
If the person who posted the article or photo is not the source, it could be an instance of libel.
What can I do if someone posts false information about me?
There are a few things you can do to help prevent fake news and other harmful content from being posted to your personal or professional Facebook or Twitter account.
If your social media account has been hacked, you can ask your Facebook administrator to remove your account from that social media platform.
If anyone posts false or harmful information about you, you have a duty to report the person to the law enforcement authorities who are investigating the case.
If these actions do not lead to the person being reported to law enforcement, you are also in a position to report them to Facebook.
What if I feel like I don’t have enough information to do that?
If the news website you’re interested in has a page on Facebook that encourages users to report other people for defamation, for example, you could post a link to that page.