Fake news worldwide

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Statista dossier on fake news worldwide

Fake news has been a prevalent issue for years, and is often worryingly insidious in how it spreads and reaches consumers. Whilst fake news cannot be easily controlled or stopped, consumer awareness and vigilance can help to prevent its dissemination, whether this means reporting suspicious content on social media or double checking the facts of an unfamiliar source before sharing it with others. This is especially important when it comes to social media. Whilst social media remains the least trusted news source globally, many consumers still get much of their news from such networks, and as such are more susceptible to fake news and either unknowingly witnessing or sharing inaccurate content.

This dossier explores fake news on a global level including data on consumption, trust and reliability, and press freedom, and also offers insights into news in times of crisis, with a focus on fake news during the coronavirus outbreak and proposed social media bans in the event of terrorist attacks.

Table of contents

  • 1. Press freedom and news consumption
    • Countries with press freedom worldwide in 2020, by level

    • World population by degree of press freedom in 2020

    • News avoidance in selected countries worldwide in 2019

    • Social media as a news source worldwide 2020

  • 2. Fake news sources
    • Perceived prevalence of fake news in media sources worldwide 2019

    • Encountering fake news in print media worldwide 2019, by country

    • Encountering fake news on TV worldwide 2019, by country

    • Opinions on negative effect of fake news on the internet and politics worldwide 2019

  • 3. Trust
    • Most trusted sources of general news and information worldwide 2011-2020

    • Trust in media sources worldwide 2020

    • Trustworthiness of news media worldwide 2020

    • Reduced media trust due to fake news worldwide 2019, by country

    • Millennials: attitudes on media trustworthiness worldwide 2019

  • 4. News in times of crisis
    • Most used sources of coronavirus news and information worldwide 2020, by country

    • Coronavirus news sources worldwide 2020, by age group

    • Problems with finding coronavirus news worldwide 2020

    • Social media company responsibilities during COVID-19 crisis 2020, by country

    • Trust in social media companies to ensure factual content in crises 2019, by country

    • Adults in favor of a temporary social media ban during massive terrorist attack 2019

    • Adults opposed to social media bans and agree that people can identify fake news 2019

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