Sunday, December 18, 2016

Nearly 50% Of Americans Think Government Should Take Action Against “Fake News”

(Kurt NimmoThe Pew Research Center reported on December 15 nearly half of polled American believe the government should take action against what the establishment media calls “fake news.”

Source - Activist Post

by Kurt Nimmo, December 16th 2016
Fully 45% of U.S. adults say government, politicians and elected officials bear a great deal of responsibility for preventing made-up stories from gaining attention, on par with the 43% that say this of the public and the 42% who say this of social networking sites and search engines.
The survey also shows many Americans are confused by supposed fake news. “About two-in-three U.S. adults (64%) say fabricated news stories cause a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current issues and events.”

Prior to the focus on supposed fake news and the establishment media’s effort to link it to some grand and menacing Russian plot to take down America, most people made up their minds without government or media interference on what is real and what is not.

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Two-thirds of Americans say fake news causes confusion about facts, poll finds

by Emily Schultheis, December 15th, 2016

The 2016 election saw the rise of fake news sites -- and two-thirds of Americans say the phenomenon has created confusion about facts and current events, according to a new study.
Sixty-four percent of those surveyed by the Pew Research Center say fabricated news stories cause “a great deal of confusion,” compared with 24 percent who say they create “some confusion.” Just 11 percent of those surveyed say there is not very much confusion caused by fake news.
Almost a quarter of Americans say they’ve shared a fake news story: 14 percent said they shared something they knew was fake at the time, and 16 percent said they shared something they later realized was fake.
And it’s a common occurrence for many Americans: about one-third of adults, 32 percent, said they often see fake political news on the internet, while 39 percent said they sometimes do, and 26 percent said they hardly ever or never do. In addition, about half of Americans (51 percent) say they see political news that is not fully accurate, even if it’s not outright fake.
Still, most Americans are confident that they’re able to determine the difference between fake news and real news. Thirty-nine percent said they’re “very confident” they can recognize fake news, while 45 percent said they’re “somewhat confident” -- and 15 percent said they are not very confident they can tell the difference.
As for who’s responsible for curbing the phenomenon, Americans say politicians, the public and social media companies all must play a role. Asked who should deal with preventing fake news, 45 percent said the government should, while 43 percent said the public should and 42 percent said social media sites and search engines should.
The poll surveyed 1,002 U.S. adults from Dec. 1-4, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points.
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