86 percent of internet users admit to being tricked by false news: poll

OTTAWA: Eighty-six percent of Internet users have been deceived, most of them distributed, according to a global survey published on Tuesday.

Respondents said they want both governments and social media companies to crack down on these activities, which are contributing to growing mistrust on the Internet, as well as a negative impact on economies and political discourse.

The United States took the lion's share of the blame for spreading false news, followed by Russia and China, according to the annual survey of Ipsos to more than 25,000 Internet users in 25 countries.

The false news seemed to be the most frequent on Facebook, but also appear on YouTube, blogs and, according to pollsters.

The results of the survey showed that people in Egypt were the most gullible, while respondents in Pakistan were the most skeptical.

The results also revealed a strong distrust of social media companies and growing concerns about online privacy and biases embedded in the algorithms used by Internet companies.

The survey, which was based on in-person and online interviews, was conducted between December 21, 2018 and February 10, 2019 on behalf of the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

This year's survey of global attitudes not only highlights the fragility of the Internet, but also the increasing discomfort of netizens with social networks and the power that these corporations exert over their daily lives, said Fen Osler Hampson of CIGI in a statement. .

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