People around the world are losing faith in news.
“Tumultuous news cycles have made an impact on global opinions regarding media,” according to the “2019 Best Countries U.S. News & World Report.” Some 63% of people agree that there are no more objective news sources, and 66% say internet news and content is dividing people rather than uniting them. What’s more, more than 50% agree the world has worsened in the last year.
Some 63% of people agree that there are no more objective news sources, and 66% say internet news and content is dividing people rather than uniting them.
Some 77% of respondents said their internet privacy is at risk. However, slightly more than half of respondents trust private companies to keep their personal data safe, and 58% trust private companies more than the government. But 80% of those surveyed by the U.S. News & World Report said CEOs and business leaders need to be vocal about their views on societal issues.
The survey draws on answers from 20,301 people around the world. Individuals from 36 countries in four regions — the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East and Africa — were surveyed: 11,238 were “informed elites” (college-educated people who consider themselves middle class) and 5,963 were “business decision-makers” (senior leaders in an organization or small business owners). The rest were defined as adults over 18 years of age.
In the U.S., President Trump has labeled media outlets that have reported critically on his administration as “fake news,” but he has also described CNN
and the New York Times
as “the enemy of the American people.”
In a tweet
on Tuesday, the president wrote: “The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the “podium” much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press. I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!”
Most Facebook users did not share fake news during the presidential campaign, but those who did were mostly Republicans over the age of 65.
The good news: Most Facebook users did not share any fake news articles during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, according to a study released earlier this month. The small number who did were mostly Republican Americans over the age of 65. The findings suggest the need for “renewed attention” to educate “particular vulnerable individuals” about misleading information, the authors said.
So why are Republican baby boomers more likely to share fake news on Facebook? One theory: As they didn’t grow up with technology, they may be more susceptible to being fooled. (Case in point: the variety of scams that have had success with older Americans by preying on their lack of familiarity with how computers and technology work.)
In 2018, patent attorney Vanessa Otero released a chart on the most trusted news sources and how biased they were. AP and Reuters
came out on top. “I think the extremes are very toxic and damaging to the country,” she told MarketWatch last year. “These extreme sources play on people’s worst instincts, like fear and tribalism, and take advantage of people’s confirmation biases.”
Here’s that chart:
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