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posted on 01 January 2017

Fake News Stories Are A Problem - But Who's To Blame

by Felix Richter,

Fake news made a lot of headlines over the past few weeks and months.

While some consider them a plain nuisance, others think they may have had a significant effect on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election back in November.

Whether their effect is powerful enough to change the outcome of an election is unclear, but what seems clear is that people feel increasingly misinformed. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in early December, 64 percent of Americans think that fake news is causing a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current events.

But who’s to blame for the onslaught of fake news stories? And more importantly, who’s responsible for fighting them? Giving in to the public pressure to do something against fake news on its platform, Facebook announced a new range of tools to prevent them from spreading last week. However, the public thinks that politicians and the general public share just as much responsibility in preventing misinformation from sprawling.

This chart shows what Americans think about the fake news problem.

Infographic: Fake News Stories Are a Problem - But Who's to Blame? | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista.

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