Disagreement with social media ban due to ability to spot fake news in Australia 2019

According to a survey conducted by Ipsos in June 2019, 45 percent of Australian respondents said that they disagreed with cutting off social media platforms at times of crisis, as most individuals have the capability to spot fake news. Eleven percent strongly agreed that they would not support a temporary social media ban for this reason.

Disagreement with social media bans due to individual capability to separate facts from fiction in Australia as of June 2019

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Source

Release date

August 2019

Region

Australia

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

Respondents were asked: "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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