Friday 19 January 2018

In an era of fake news, trust in established media is crucial

The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017 has found that 72pc of Irish news consumers trust most of the news they consume, above the international average of 71pc. Stock picture
The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017 has found that 72pc of Irish news consumers trust most of the news they consume, above the international average of 71pc. Stock picture

Catherine O'Mahony

Trust means everything when it comes to news, and the past year in particular has been challenging in this regard.

The deluge of false news circulating online, particularly during the US presidential election battle, has left consumers less certain than ever before as to what information they can rely upon, and what could well turn out to be demonstrably false.

Stanford University has estimated that there were 115 pro-Donald Trump fake stories shared on Facebook 30 million times, and 41 pro-Hillary Clinton fake stories shared a total of 7.6 million times.

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