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Data 1. news content files updated. Apr 17, 2018 Update Sep 27, 2018


We released a tool FakeNewsTracker, for collecting, analyzing, and visualizing of fake news and the related dissemination on social media. Check it out!

Latest FakeNewsNet dataset mentioned in arxiv paper will be released soon!

Please use the current up-to-date version of dataset:

  1. User may post same news several times, and this frequency information is added;
  2. User features are updated.
  3. News contents are updated. The original URLs of fake news may be revoked which makes the news content to be unavailable. We search the title and obtain the news contents for the news piece from other sources.

This is a repository for an ongoing data collection project for fake news research at ASU. We describe and compare FakeNewsNet with other existing datasets in Fake News Detection on Social Media: A Data Mining Perspective. We also perform a detail analysis of FakeNewsNet dataset, and build a fake news detection model on this dataset in Exploiting Tri-Relationship for Fake News Detection

News Content

It includes all the fake news articles, with the news content attributes as follows:

  1. source: It indicates the author or publisher of the news article
  2. headline: It refers to the short text that aims to catch the attention of readers and relates well to the major of the news topic.
  3. body_text: It elaborates the details of news story. Usually there is a major claim which shaped the angle of the publisher and is specifically highlighted and elaborated upon.
  4. image_video: It is an important part of body content of news article, which provides visual cues to frame the story.

Social Context

It includes the social engagements of fake news articles from Twitter. We extract profiles, posts and social network information for all relevant users.

  1. user_profile: It includes a set of profile fields that describe the users' basic information
  2. user_content: It collects the users' recent posts on Twitter
  3. user_followers: It includes the follower list of the relevant users
  4. user_followees: It includes list of users that are followed by relevant users

Source Code

We will publish the Python code that are used to collect this dataset. Stay tuned.

Data Availability

Due the term of service of social media platform, we are not able to public raw data of social context. We anonymize sensitive user information, and provide bag-of-word features for user profile and content, and keep social relationship of users.


If you use this dataset, please cite the following papers:

  title={Fake News Detection on Social Media: A Data Mining Perspective},
  author={Shu, Kai and Sliva, Amy and Wang, Suhang and Tang, Jiliang and Liu, Huan},
  journal={ACM SIGKDD Explorations Newsletter},
  title={Exploiting Tri-Relationship for Fake News Detection},
  author={Shu, Kai and Wang, Suhang and Liu, Huan},
  journal={arXiv preprint arXiv:1712.07709},
  title={FakeNewsNet: A Data Repository with News Content, Social Context and Dynamic Information for Studying Fake News on Social Media},
  author={Shu, Kai and  Mahudeswaran, Deepak and Wang, Suhang and Lee, Dongwon and Liu, Huan},
  journal={arXiv preprint arXiv:1809.01286},

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