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posted on 22 December 2016

Most Americans Believe Fake News Headlines

by Felix Richter,

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

The issue of fake news has been making real news headlines for weeks.

Recently, Hillary Clinton alluded to "Pizzagate" and called for action against the "epidemic" of fake news, warning it can have "real world consequences". Earlier this week, Ipsos and Buzzfeed News released a report, finding that fake headlines fool American adults 75 percent of the time.

Chris Jackson of Ipsos Public Affairs pointed out that "the 2016 election may mark the point in modern political history when information and disinformation became a dominant electoral currency". The scale of the problem can be seen on the following infographic which shows a random selection of real and bogus news headlines with reasonable levels of awareness from the past few weeks.

Even though authentic news headlines have a higher accuracy perception, their fake news counterparts manage to fool sizeable majorities of American adults. When a false story about Trump sending his plane to transport stranded U.S. Marines did the rounds, 84 percent of people believed the headline was very or somewhat accurate.

This chart shows the % who recalled seeing the headline and who believe it to be very/somewhat accurate.

Infographic: Most Americans Believe Fake News Headlines | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista.

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