What is "fake news" anyway? Fake news originates with made-up stories, propaganda, and/or false information. It spreads with social media. The purpose of fake news is to mislead and/or gather clicks for advertisement revenue. Sometimes mainstream news organizations pick up these stories and republish them as fact. As a result, it's necessary to fact check if you think something may not be true. Note: Satire stories aren't considered "fake news" as they are designed to entertain. The reader should understand that the news is written as comedy.