Thursday 17 October 2019

More than 60pc of Ireland media users concerned about 'fake news'

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

MORE that 60pc of Irish media users are worried about so-called 'fake news', a new report has revealed.

The amount of people concerned about the whether the news they are receiving is real is 10pc higher than the EU average of 51pc.

The information was contained in the Reuters Digital News report 2019, which was published today.

The study found that 12pc of people are willing to pay for their news online through subscriptions, donations and once off payments, an increase of 1pc from 2018.

Those aged 25-34 were found to be the group most likely to pay for online news.

When it comes to how we access our news, digital remains a strong platform at 84pc.

The use of TV news, computers and laptops have all declined, while smartphone access for news has soared to 64pc.

Facebook is the most popular social media source for online news at 37pc, followed by YouTube, WhatsApp and Twitter.

Nic Newman, Research Associate, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, said that the media industry is facing unprecedented challenges.

He said: "This year’s report comes against the backdrop of rising populism, political and economic instability, along with intensifying concerns about giant tech companies and their impact on society.

"News organisations have taken the lead in reporting these trends, but also find themselves challenged by them – further depressing an industry reeling from more than a decade of digital disruption. Platform power – and the ruthless efficiency of their advertising operations – has undermined news business models contributing to a series of high-profile layoffs in traditional and digital media in the early part of 2019.

"Political polarisation has encouraged the growth of partisan agendas online, which together with clickbait and various forms of misinformation is helping to further undermine trust in media – raising new questions about how to deliver balanced and fair reporting in the digital age."

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