Technology Almost half of the Internet users receive Corona False Information

08:40  23 june  2021
08:40  23 june  2021 Source:   rp-online.de

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Hamburg. Again and again, users on the Internet encounter misinformation about the Corona Pandemic. Caution is particularly offered on social networks and messenger services.

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Almost half of the adult internet users in Germany are regularly confronted with false or misleading information on COVID-19. This is one of the results of the German part study of the "Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2021", which was published on Wednesday.

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Accordingly, 46 percent of respondents said they have seen misinformation on the Internet within a week of Corona. According to Facebook (28 percent) and Messenger apps (14 percent) as well as against activists and activists as sender (31 percent), the greatest concerns about false information passed to Facebook (28 percent) and Messenger apps (14 percent).

regardless of the topic 37 percent of the study participants in Germany expressed concerns that possible false reports on the Internet can not distinguish from facts. 23 percent indicated not to have such concerns, 41 percent were undecided to do so.

The confidence in the message media has risen during the Corona crisis: 53 percent of adult online companies in Germany declared that the news generally trusted - eight percentage points more than in the previous year. With 17 percentage points to 49 percent most powerful, confidence in the age group of the 18- to 24-year-olds is. Once again, the main news of the public-law providers received the highest trusts among respondents.

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Overall, the study is based on 92,372 respondents from 46 countries to six continents. The German sub-study was created by the Leibniz Institute for Media Research in Hamburg. The survey period was between January 14 and 5 February 2021.

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