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The more outrageous, the better: How clickbait ads make money for fake news sites

Fake news purveyors have some options for turning clicks into cash.

Prolific fake news writer Paul Horner dead at 38

The author of scores of bogus stories, often accused of influencing the 2016 election, died at his mother's Arizona home.

How much do we know about climate change and hurricanes?

Bill Maher and conservative political commentator S.E. Cupp clashed over the certainty in the scientific community about the relationship between climate change and hurricanes as Irma wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and later in Florida.

In context: What Rush Limbaugh said about Hurricane Irma before evacuation

Florida-based radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh angered many as Hurricane Irma approached by suggesting the media was trying to scare people in order to hype a climate change agenda and to spur bottled water sales. Days later, Limbaugh himself evacuated.

Does the Bible give Trump moral authority to kill Kim Jong Un, as Trump's pastor says?

A Texas televangelist who acts as a spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump reasoned that the Bible grants the commander in chief the power to wage war against North Korea. Scholars say it's not that simple.

What costs more, soldiers' Viagra or transgender health care? What about Mar-a-Lago trips?

Trump's announcement barring transgender service members brought out the examples of things that cost more than military spending on those troops' coverage.

Fact-check: The epic pay battle between Wonder Woman and Superman

A magazine column that said Man of Steel star Henry Cavill made millions more than Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot sparked an online fight, but the numbers are doubtful.

Real or fake? Take our fake news quiz to find out

We provide 10 questions that can help you identify whether a news story is trustworthy or not.

How pundits twisted James Comey’s testimony

It seems like everyone in Washington tuned in for ousted FBI Director James Comey’s June 8 Capitol Hill hearing. But watching pundits, reading hot-takes and browsing Twitter afterward can make you wonder: Did we all watch the same hearing?

If you're fooled by fake news, this man probably wrote it

Christopher Blair is a 45-year-old volunteer Little League umpire who lives in Maine, and he is behind one of the most prolific fake news websites on the Internet.

PolitiFact's guide to fake news websites and what they peddle

We've been fact-checking fake news stories for months, and we've noticed several categories and trends in an industry looking to make a fool out of you.

A fake in 140 characters: How not to get tripped up by hoax Twitter accounts

As if having to sidestep scads of fake news stories on the Internet isn’t stressful enough, it’s important to remember sometimes the fabrications can come in just 140 characters.

Fake news website starts as joke, gains 1 million views within 2 weeks

Clearwater, Fla., native James McDaniel said he wanted to see how gullible Internet readers could be, and learned more than he expected.

Fact-checking fake news reveals how hard it is to kill pervasive ‘nasty weed’ online

Here are some lessons we've learned after several weeks of working with Facebook to help boot fabrications from feeds.

Now it's easier to share the facts

We are working with the Duke Reporters' Lab on a new widget that provides readers a way to share fact-check articles and spread them virally across the Internet.