Origin and direction of fake news in Germany 2017

This statistic shows the results of a survey on the origin and direction of fake news in Germany in 2017. Overall, eighty seven percent of respondents were of the opinion that false information was purposefully circulated to influence public opinion.

How do you think the fake news that you have come across came about?

Share of respondents
Purposefully circulated to influence public opinion87%
Purposefully circulated to create a sensational story64%
Purposefully circulated to make money on the internet45%
Purposefully circulated to harm someone or their reputation42%
The information was not sufficiently researched39%
The information was sufficiently researched but the sources were unclear22%
Accidentally circulated2%
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Source

Release date

February 2017

Region

Germany

Survey time period

January 2017

Number of respondents

680 respondents who noticed fake news

Age group

14 years and older

Supplementary notes

The source makes no reference to survey type or the exact time period in which the survey took place.

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