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Fake news in France - statistics & facts

The phrase “fake news” has become somewhat of a buzzword over the past few years in the media industry. Defined as false or misleading information, often for advertising purposes or for damaging the reputation of a targeted institution, group or person, understanding fake news is vital at a time when access to reliable information is an increasingly important issue.
The fake news phenomenon is particularly important in the digital age, even more so as the number of digital news sources is ramping up. Content can rapidly become viral on social networks and thus increase traffic. While information circulates more freely and quicker than ever, it is still difficult to ensure its reliability.

News consumption has drastically evolved as more and more French people turn to digital newspapers, and print media distribution is losing steam. Sharing an article is instantaneous and just a few clicks away via social media, making it the ideal platform for the proliferation of misleading news. More than half of internet users declared having spotted fake news several times on their social media, and a third on a recurring basis. As a result, social media was the least trusted among news sources by French consumers.

The hunt for reliable information is thus proving more difficult than ever, and the public must be resourceful in order to gather credible factual data. To counter misinformation, many people are cross-referencing the information they have read with other sources. Nearly a third of French people said they had unknowingly relayed a rumor or information that turned out to be false about current political events.

Politics remain a major issue in the phenomenon of fake news, both as a source or target of false information. A large share of French people are also convinced that politics are the primary target of fake news, ahead of international news and celebrities. Public opinion is also generally in favor of a law against fake news, thinking that it would be a good initiative to make publishing on social networks and online platforms more responsible. More than half of respondents said that, besides citizens, media and information professionals should fight by forcing the platforms concerned to develop good practices.

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Fake news in France

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Profile of web users who have already been fooled by fake news

Media broadcasting fake news very often

  • Television
    10%
  • Radio
    5%
  • Press
    7%
  • News websites
    9%
  • Social media
    24%
  • Blogs and forums
    12%

Share of people who relayed fake news by topic

  • Politics
    32%
  • Social issues
    33%
  • Company
    26%
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    58%

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