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Chart of the week: How confusing is fake news and who is responsible?

Made-up news has been a major talking point this year. The issue was highlighted during and after the U.S. presidential elections in November. According to a survey by Pew Research Center, most Americans suspect that so-called fake news aren’t just a nuisance but are having a real impact.

About two-in-three adults (64 per cent) say fabricated stories cause a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current issues and events. And it seems the responsibility to counter such fake news lies more-or-less evenly distributed between the general public, the government and the social media platforms who are used to spread the fake stories, according to those surveyed.

Read the study by Pew.

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Source: Statista

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