A new survey from Pew Research Center has found that Americans view fake news as a bigger threat than terrorism, violent crime, climate change, racism and illegal immigration.
The survey also found that 68% of US adults say that made-up news and information “greatly impacts Americans’ confidence in government institutions,” while 54% say it’s having a major impact on confidence between fellow Americans, and 51% say it impacts the ability of political leaders to get work done.
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The survey found that 67% say fake news designed to mislead causes a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current issues, while 63% say the same about fake video / images. Of those polled, 79% and 77% respectively say that something should be done to restrict this type of content.