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  • Does a 'fake news' label help audiences identify false information?

    Photo of communication professor Emily Van Duyn standing in front of a campus building

    News organizations’ labeling false or misleading information as “fake news” may be backfiring – undermining public trust while doing little to improve audiences’ ability to recognize genuine stories, according to research by Emily Van Duyn, a professor of communication at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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    Fake news by any other name: Phrases for false content and effects on public perceptions of  U.S. news media,” DOI: 10.1080/00909882.2022.2148487

    Priming and fake news: The effects of elite discourse on evaluations of news media,” DOI: 10.1080/15205436.2018.1511807