Disagreement to social media ban due to ability to spot fake news India 2019

According to a survey conducted by Ipsos in June 2019, only 60 percent of Indian respondents agreed that temporary social media bans were unnecessary to stop the flow of fake news, since most people are capable of separating facts from fiction. Of these, about 20 percent strongly agreed with this statement.
The survey was conducted in light of coordinated attacks on more than 300 Sri Lankans in April earlier that year. This had led to the shutting down of social media by the national government in an attempt to stop the spread of misinformation.

Levels of agreement about social media bans being unnecessary due to the capability to separate facts from fiction in India as of June 2019

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Source

Release date

August 2019

Region

India

Survey time period

May 27 to June 7, 2019

Number of respondents

1,000+

Age group

16 to 64 years

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

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."

According to the source, respondents were more urban and educated, with higher incomes than their fellow citizens, referred to as "Upper Deck Consumer Citizens". They were not nationally representative of their country.

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