A fake news story published to entertain or trick people is an example of a hoax.
Origin of hoaxfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps hocus
- An act intended to deceive or trick.
- Something that has been established or accepted by fraudulent means.
transitive verbhoaxed, hoax·ing, hoax·es
Origin of hoaxPerhaps alteration of hocus
(third-person singular simple present hoaxes, present participle hoaxing, simple past and past participle hoaxed)
- To deceive (someone) by making them believe something which has been maliciously or mischievously fabricated. (scam)