Origin and direction of fake news in Germany 2017

How do you think the fake news that you have come across came about?

by Statista Research Department, last edited Feb 18, 2019
Origin and direction of fake news in Germany 2017 This statistic shows the results of a survey on the origin and direction of fake news in Germany in 2017. Overall, eighty seven percent of respondents were of the opinion that false information was purposefully circulated to influence public opinion.
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How do you think the fake news that you have come across came about?

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Share of respondents
Purposefully circulated to influence public opinion87%
Purposefully circulated to create a sensational story64%
Purposefully circulated to make money on the internet45%
Purposefully circulated to harm someone or their reputation42%
The information was not sufficiently researched39%
The information was sufficiently researched but the sources were unclear22%
Accidentally circulated2%
Share of respondents
Purposefully circulated to influence public opinion87%
Purposefully circulated to create a sensational story64%
Purposefully circulated to make money on the internet45%
Purposefully circulated to harm someone or their reputation42%
The information was not sufficiently researched39%
The information was sufficiently researched but the sources were unclear22%
Accidentally circulated2%
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by Statista Research Department, last edited Feb 18, 2019
This statistic shows the results of a survey on the origin and direction of fake news in Germany in 2017. Overall, eighty seven percent of respondents were of the opinion that false information was purposefully circulated to influence public opinion.
Show more
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