Perception of fake news in Germany in 2017

This statistic shows the results of a survey on the perception of so-called "fake news" in more traditional or social media in Germany in 2017 by age group. In total, 76 percent of respondents between the ages of 14 and 29 said that they had come across false information in the twelve months prior to taking the survey.

Share of respondents who have come across so-called fake news in the past twelve months by age group

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Release date

February 2017



Survey time period

January 2017

Number of respondents

1,009 respondents

Age group

14 years and older

Supplementary notes

In the survey, the question was phrased as follows: "Fake news is news or reports that have been proven to be 'obviously wrong'. We do not mean satire. Have you noticed so-called fake news in more traditional or social media in the past twelve months?" (Original in German:"Fake News sind Nachrichten oder Berichte, die sich als 'offensichtlich falsch' herausgestellt haben. Wir meinen keine Satire-Meldungen.Sind Ihnen in den vergangenen zwölf Monaten in den klassischen oder in den sozialen Medien so genannte Fake News aufgefallen?.")

The source does not provide any information on the type of survey or the precise time period in which the survey took place.

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