Fake news in Brazil

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Statista dossier on fake news in Brazil

This dossier presents insights and statistics about online fake news in Brazil. It provides an overview of the influence of social media and deceiving content on the political climate of Brazil compared to other countries, as well as fundamental information on internet usage and functional literacy in the largest country in Latin America by population and GDP. Furthermore, the study contains statistics on Brazilians' trust in media, the impact of online fake news on politics, companies, and digital advertising, and an outlook on how it is perceived in terms of lawmaking.

Table of contents

  • 1. Overview
    • Global influence of social media on transparency in government 2019, by country

    • Global influence of social media on accountability in government 2019, by country

    • Global influence of social media on polarization in politics 2019, by country

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

  • 2. Internet use & demographics
    • Brazil: internet penetration 2000-2018

    • Brazil: number of internet users 2019, by device

    • Brazil: social media usage rate 2017-2019

    • Brazil: share of population considered functionally literate 2018

    • Brazil: share of people deemed functionally literate by age group 2018

  • 3. Media trust
    • Brazil: trust in media 2011-2019

    • Brazil: trust in traditional media 2011-2019

    • Latin America: trust in selected news media 2019

    • Brazil: trust in news brands 2020

    • Brazil: most trusted news sources among internet users 2019

    • Brazil: most trusted sources of COVID-19 news 2020

  • 4. Impact on politics
    • Brazil: main elections news sources according to voters 2018

    • Brazil: percentage of the electorate who believed in fake news in the 2018 election

    • Brazil: number of WhatsApp bots spreading fake news favorable to Bolsonaro 2019

    • Brazil: monthly number of fake statements by president Bolsonaro 2020

    • Brazil: Bolsonaro's fake statements on the novel coronavirus by month 2020

    • Brazil: share of people who think fake news threatens democracy 2020

  • 5. Impact on companies
    • Brazil: how concerned companies are about fake news 2018

    • Brazil: share of companies targeted by fake news 2018

    • Brazil: share of companies targeted by fake news by frequency 2018

    • Brazil: share of companies targeted by fake news by impact 2018

    • Brazil: topics of fake news that impacted on companies 2018

    • Brazil: share of companies with staff to manage fake news 2018

  • 6. Impact on digital advertising
    • Latin America: accountability of advertisers for fake news 2019

    • Brazil: online consumers' concern about fake news 2019

    • Brazil: internet users' trust in online advertising by platform 2019

    • Brazil: Sleeping Giants key figures 2020

  • 7. Outlook
    • Brazil: concern about fake news on social media 2020

    • Brazil: opinion on how the government handles fake news on social media 2020

    • Brazil: opinion on obliging social media to protect users from fake news 2020

    • Brazil: opinion on how law enforcement should handle fake news on social media 2020

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