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Encountering fake news online in Europe 2020, by type

Types of fake news encountered online in Europe as of December 2020

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Release date




Survey time period

December 8, 2020

Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

across 23 countries**

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*Respondents were aged 16 to over 54, with the majority of participants between the ages of 18 and 24 (28.1 percent). The gender split skewed female (55.2 percent).
**Top five countries represented were the UK (41.2 percent), Italy (13.1 percent), Spain (7.9 percent), Greece (6.2 percent), and Romania (5.1 percent).
Question: According to The Colombia Journalism Review, there are six types of fake news. Which do you see most online today?

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