Public opinion on outside groups or agents planting fake news stories on social media in the United States as of March 2018

Problem of outside groups planting fake news on social media U.S. 2018 The statistic presents data on the public opinion on outside groups or agents planting fake news stories on social media in the United States as of March 2018. During the survey, 71 percent of respondents stated that they believed that outside groups were actively trying to plant fake news stories on social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube and that it was a serious problem.
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Share of respondents
Yes, serious problem71%
Yes, not too serious16%
No, not happening7%
Don't know7%
Share of respondents
Yes, serious problem71%
Yes, not too serious16%
No, not happening7%
Don't know7%
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The statistic presents data on the public opinion on outside groups or agents planting fake news stories on social media in the United States as of March 2018. During the survey, 71 percent of respondents stated that they believed that outside groups were actively trying to plant fake news stories on social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube and that it was a serious problem.
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Release date
April 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
March 2 to 5, 2018
Number of respondents
803 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview
Supplementary notes
This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Do you think outside groups or agents are actively trying to plant fake news stories on social media sites like Facebook and YouTube, or is this not happening? [If YES: Is this a serious or not too serious problem?]"

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