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Internet users who agree that social media platforms provide the best sources of news and information as of June 2019, by country
Agreement that social media platforms are accurate news sources 2019, by country
In April 2019, the Sri Lankan government cut off social media access in the wake of a fatal terrorist attack. According to an Ipsos survey conducted a month later, only 45 percent of the respondents agreed that social media platforms were the best and most accurate sources of news and information in their country. Especially respondents from Great Britain were critical about the accuracy of social media event in times of crisis. This statement is especially relevant in the context of potential government shutdowns of social media in times of crisis in order to spread fake news and general disagreement with this idea as social media is the primary source of information for many people.
Internet users who agree that social media platforms provide the best sources of news and information as of June 2019, by country
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Source

Release date

August 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

May 24 to June 7, 2019

Number of respondents

19,823 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Where results do not sum to 100, this may be due to computer rounding, multiple responses or the exclusion of don't knows or not stated responses. Original question: "For each of the following please indicate if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree: In my country social media platforms are the best, most accurate sources of news and information."

Agreement that social media platforms are accurate news sources 2019, by country
In April 2019, the Sri Lankan government cut off social media access in the wake of a fatal terrorist attack. According to an Ipsos survey conducted a month later, only 45 percent of the respondents agreed that social media platforms were the best and most accurate sources of news and information in their country. Especially respondents from Great Britain were critical about the accuracy of social media event in times of crisis. This statement is especially relevant in the context of potential government shutdowns of social media in times of crisis in order to spread fake news and general disagreement with this idea as social media is the primary source of information for many people.
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