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  • Can you believe everything you read on Twitter or Facebook?
  • Can you believe everything you read on Twitter or Facebook?
    Enric Fradera, Creative Commons (2016) ©

How reliable is news shared on social media?

Filter bubbles and ‘fake news’ have people concerned about the credibility of content shared on Facebook and Twitter; 13% of Britons say stories posted on these platforms are mostly unreliable. Canvas8 sat down with 20 people across the UK to get their views on social media as a news source.

Location United Kingdom

With ‘fake news’ being thrown around by everyone from the left-wing press to the US President, you could forgive people for doubting the reliability of the news stories they read and watch; only 32% of the UK respondents to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer survey said they trust the media. [1] Instead, many place their faith in those closest to them, often rejecting traditional institutions and authority figures. [2] But with social media platforms under fire for creating echo chambers, people aren’t necessarily finding facts from their peers – only 4% of Britons surveyed ...



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