“Fake news is as bad as climate change” 70% of citizens in developed countries rated as a threat

In a recent survey, 70% of citizens in 19 developed countries said they were concerned about the online distribution of fake news. The only thing more threatening than fake news was climate change.

The U.S. Pew Research Center asked 23,525 citizens of developed countries to rate their threats to climate change, infectious diseases, fake news online, national cyberattacks, and the state of the world economy. Most countries cited climate change as the biggest threat, with a response rate of 75%. However, after climate change, fake news on the Internet came in second with a response rate of 70%.

ⓒ Pew Research Center

What is interesting is the American perception of the threat. Fake news and cyberattacks are the top threats to 70% of Americans surveyed. On the other hand, concerns about climate change were not so great, among the five threats, global warming recorded the lowest response rate.

The New York Times attributed the findings to the fact that in recent years Americans have suffered more from fake news than other countries. A prime example is the last US presidential election and the COVID-19 pandemic. Only 26% of Americans say online fake news is a threat they can ignore.

54% of Americans and 75% of Germans say climate change is the biggest threat. The country with the lowest risk awareness about climate change is Israel, with only 42% saying it is a serious threat.

ⓒ Pew Research Center

Meanwhile, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center, Americans’ perceptions of fake news differed according to political party support. Democrats and more educated respondents said climate change was a threat, while Republican supporters and less educated respondents were less concerned about climate change. Sixty-six percent of Trump supporters say fake news online is a threat, and an even greater 78 percent of Biden supporters say so.
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