Adults opposed to social media bans and agree that people can identify fake news 2019

In April 2019, the Sri Lankan government cut off social media access in the wake of a fatal terrorist attack. According to an Ipsos survey conducted a month later, 54 percent of the respondents agreed that most people could separate fact from fiction, and thus would not support a temporary social media ban to stop the spread of fake news. However, only 41 percent of respondents from Japan agreed with this statement, and according to the source, those with higher level of education were significantly less likely to agree that people were capable of separating fact from fiction.

Internet users who agree that people can separate fact from fiction and would not support a social media ban to stop the flow of fake news during a crisis as of June 2019, by country

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Release date

August 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

May 24 to June 7, 2019

Number of respondents

19,823 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Where results do not sum to 100, this may be due to computer rounding, multiple responses or the exclusion of don't knows or not stated responses. Original question: "For each of the following please indicate if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree: I think that most people are capable of separating fact from fiction, so I would not support a temporary social media ban to stop the flow of fake news."

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