For information about political events, the most popular source in 2018 was public television, followed by daily newspapers and the internet in general. The majority of the German population did not use Facebook or Twitter for this purpose.
As of 2018, 65 percent of Germans still considered information in the media to be credible, compared to 57 percent the year before. In general, the information supply provided by the German media is considered to be either good or very good among consumers. On a European scale, based on a 2018 survey conducted in selected countries, Germany came last in the ranking in terms of public opinion on the amount of lying and misuse of facts in politics and the media. However, almost half of the German population surveyed thought these problems had increased in the last 30 years.
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.