Saudi Arabian's supporting social media bans during a crisis to stop fake news 2019

According to a survey conducted by Ipsos in June 2019, 73 percent of Saudi Arabian respondents agreed that temporarily cutting off social media platforms is acceptable to stop the spread of false information at times of crisis, with around 30 percent strongly agreeing to the method.
The background of the survey was a temporary social media ban by the government in Sri Lanka in April 2019 in the wake of a fatal terrorist attack.

Share of respondents who support cutting off social media platforms at times of crisis to stop the spread of false information in Saudi Arabia as of June 2019

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Source

Release date

August 2019

Region

Saudi Arabia

Survey time period

May 24 to June 7, 2019

Number of respondents

1,000+

Age group

16-64 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: Temporarily cutting off social media platforms is acceptable at times of crisis to stop the spread of false information."

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