Sharing of made-up news online in the U.S. 2019

The statistic presents results of a survey about whether U.S. adults have ever knowingly or unknowingly shared fake news or information online as of March 2019. It was found that ten percent of respondents admitted to sharing a news story online which they knew was made up, and 49 percent of surveyed adults had shared news which they later found out to be false.

Share of adults who have ever shared fake news or information online in the United States as of March 2019

Share of respondents
Knew at the time it was made up10%
Later found out it was made up49%
Did either of these52%
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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

February 19 to March 4, 2019

Number of respondents

6,127 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

The source does not provide the original wording of the question posed during the survey. The wording of the question chosen for this statistic may therefore differ slightly from the original.

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