12. 89% of Americans believe that social media is responsible for the spread of false news.
When it comes to responsibility for fake news, 89% of Americans agree that the blame goes to social media. About 69% of them also believe that platforms aren’t doing much to prevent this, while others directly blame these platforms for deliberately spreading the information. This also shows the perception of social media impact on news in general.
13. 68% of American adults read the news on social media.
(Pew Research Center)
According to numerous surveys, about two-thirds of American adults (68%) get their news from social media. Sadly, not many users have the habit of making an active effort to flag down polarizing content. According to some, platforms themselves should encourage such behavior and raise user immunity through education.
14. 61% of millennials receive political news via Facebook.
(Pew Research Center)
While the majority of people are suspicious of the mainstream media, social media should also be examined here. First of all, about 61% of all millennials receive political news via Facebook. This is why it’s so easy to consider Facebook hoax shares a major threat to democracy and an overwhelmingly destructive force in the age of the information. The biggest question here is whether this social media misinformation is accidental or intentional.
15. Less than 35% of Europeans consider social media to be trustworthy.
When it comes to the global opinion on social media’s trustworthiness, it all depends on the region. For instance, in countries like Kenya, South Africa, Chile, and Bulgaria, the trust in social media news sources was over 70%. Conversely, in the majority of Europe, this trust level was below 35%. This merely shows the susceptibility to fake news statistics worldwide.
16. 44% of people on Facebook trust the fake news that aligns with their political beliefs.
One of the most staggering finds in this field is the fact that as many as 44% of all Facebook users choose what they believe based on their own personal beliefs. This further supports the fact that, instead of examining the information themselves, people who encounter this new knowledge have already made up their minds on whether they’ll believe it or not. Given the percentage of false information on the internet, this idea is quite worrying.
17. In Q1 of 2018, Facebook removed 837 million pieces of spam.
Facebook is actively trying to limit the amount of spam that its users are exposed to. According to their statistics, in Q1 of 2018, they removed 837 million pieces of spam. Identifying these pieces, however, is incredibly difficult. The most reliable way to do so is to crack down on false accounts. During this same period, Facebook also removed 583 million of these accounts. This is a staggering example of fake news on Facebook statistics that deserves some further examination.
18. In September 2018, there were 70 million fake news engagements.
Previously, we’ve discussed the problem caused by spam and engagement on fake news posts. In 2016, identified fake news content consisted of around 200 million engagements every month. The accent here is on the word “identified” since it is impossible to know how many of these fake news sites remain under the radar. Nonetheless, in September 2018, only 70 million such engagements were noticed. While these false information stats are concerning, there’s clearly an active (and successful) effort to suppress them.