How Do People Decide Political News Credibility?

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In this paper, we share preliminary results from our research work focused on understanding how people assess news items as fake or real and improve their ability to identify fake news. Using existing real/fake news samples and best practices in qualitative, inductive data analysis, we identify factors that appear to impede ability of individuals to identify fake news. Based on this work we suggest one approach to improve human ability to identify fake news, and sketch a process for systematic development of means for supporting people in identifying fake news.