Based on figures from 2019, the German population most often uses the following sources of information: asking relatives, friends or acquaintances, searching online and watching reports on television. The smallest share of the population goes to a bookstore or library. A survey conducted in 2018 on opinions about fake news and filter bubbles showed that 62 percent of German respondents thought that the average person in Germany did not care about facts on politics and society anymore, they just believed what they wanted. 47 percent of those surveyed were confident they could tell real news from fake.
Where did German media consumers come across fake news? As of 2017, Facebook was cited as the main source, followed by Twitter and forums. Consumers most often identified fake news based on respective reports in the media, by checking the facts or information presented, and also following hints from other users or friends. The topic areas in which false information was most often claimed to be noticed were refugees and immigration, the last U.S. presidential election campaign and politicians both in Germany and Europe.
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