Satire websites are sites that may be topical, but the stories are not real and meant to be humorous.
Clickbait and Hoaxes
These websites also have bits of true stories but insinuate and make up other details to create an emotional response, typically anger or fear. Most of these are conspiratorial in nature, are very unreliable, and frequently shared on social media. The stories often feature outrageous headlines in all capital letters.
Imposter News Sites
These websites are designed to look like legitimate sites and incorporate some facts into their stories, but the articles are false.
"Fake news is not to be confused with satirical news as seen on shows like 'Saturday Night Live' and 'Last Week Tonight.' Fake news is not a humorous comment on the news. Rather, fake news seeks to supplant the news, to sway its audience into believing all sorts of untruths and conspiracy theories, the more bizarre, the better."
-- Leonard Pitts, "Newspapers, the Answer to Fake News," Baltimore Sun (1 December 2016)
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