False news worldwide

Statistics report on false news worldwide

False news worldwide

False news has been a prevalent issue for years, and is often worryingly insidious in how it spreads and reaches consumers. Whilst misleading news content 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 false news and either unknowingly witnessing or sharing inaccurate content.

This report explores false news on a global level including data on consumption, trust and reliability, and also offers insights into news avoidance.

Table of contents


  • Premium Statistic News access in selected countries worldwide 2023, by type
  • Premium Statistic Social media as a news outlet worldwide 2023
  • Basic Statistic Consumers witnessing false information on certain topics worldwide 2023
  • Basic Statistic Climate change news misinformation consumption worldwide 2022, by platform
  • Basic Statistic Reasons for changing news content received via algorithms worldwide 2023
  • Premium Statistic Ease of identifying false news in the EU 2022
  • Premium Statistic False news and democracy: opinions in EU countries 2022


  • Premium Statistic Most trusted sources of general news and information worldwide 2011-2023
  • Basic Statistic Trustworthiness of news media worldwide 2023
  • Basic Statistic Global trust in public service news media 2018-2022
  • Premium Statistic Share of people who trust most news most of the time APAC 2021, by country
  • Premium Statistic Trust in the written press in Europe 2022, by country
  • Premium Statistic Trust in journalists worldwide 2023, by country
  • Premium Statistic Journalists who think media trust is reducing worldwide 2017-2022

News avoidance

  • Basic Statistic Concern about audiences avoiding news among publishers worldwide 2022
  • Basic Statistic Publisher strategies to combat news avoidance worldwide 2023
  • Premium Statistic Reasons for news avoidance worldwide in 2022

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