Since the 2016 elections we have been hearing a lot about “fake news.” Fake news is defined as “a deliberately publish hoax, propaganda, and disinformation purporting to be real news—often using social media to drive web traffic and amplify their effect.” It differs from satire as fake news intends to mislead the public andn present itself as real news, whereas satire news articles are clearly for entertainment purposes only.

It is sad that in 2017 fake news and propaganda spreads like wild fire and people share and comment before reading the article.

Fake news and spreading fake news has quite a few halachic implications I wish to address in this article.

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