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Cyprus residents are not inclined to believe the news

Cyprus residents are not inclined to believe the news

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91% of the Cypriots who took part in the Research The Eurobarometer, entitled "Fake news and disinformation online", believe that fake news is a problem for Cyprus. This is the highest rate in the EU (on average, it is equal to 85%). Approximately 45% of Cypriots said that fake news they meet every day, 16% - at least once a week and 20% - several times a month.

* Fake (fake, fake, false) news - information hoaxes or deliberate dissemination of disinformation in social media and traditional media.

Research data

  • Only 9% of Cypriots completely trust the news they read online, and 46% are inclined to it. 17% completely trust radio news (52% is more likely than not). 18% believe television news, 55% - most of them. 12% trust newspapers and another 47% - most of what is published in the press.
  • To the question "Are you sure that you will be able to distinguish false information from the truthful?" 30% of Cypriots answered: "Completely confident!" 48% "are more confident", 16% "not quite sure", 4% "not at all sure ", and 2% found it difficult to answer.
  • 38% of Cypriots believe that journalists should stop issuing fake news, 31% stated that the fight against such news should be conducted at the national level and as much as that people must themselves declare war on them.

Code against misinformation

In the European Commission, to combat fake news, they proposed creating a "Code of Principles for the Work of Social Networks and Online Platforms." The working group recommended developing media literacy in the EU countries and introducing tools that will allow journalists and consumers of content to distinguish truthful information from false information. The code, which will consist of 10 items, will include, for example, an explanation of what algorithms are selected for promotion to the top news.

It all started with the serpent tempter

In a letter published on the Vatican website, Pope Francis noted that the first fake news was a lie from the snake tempter who persuaded Eve to tear the fruit from the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden. The message of Francis, which can be read in the main European languages, is confined to the World Day of Social Communications established by the Roman Catholic Church, which this year will celebrate 13 May.

FAKE NEWS - phrase-2017

The phrase fake news according to the compilers of the explanatory English dictionary Collins English Dictionary is announced by the phrase 2017 of the year. Over the previous year, the frequency of its use increased by 365%. "They are ridiculed by the leader of the free world, they are accused of influencing the elections, but today" fake news "have become real news, because they are announced by the word of the year according to the version of Collins", the website of the dictionary says.

Soon people will stop to understand where the truth is, and where lies

By 2025, people will finally cease to understand where the truth is on the Internet, and where lies are. And Facebook, Twitter and Google "will cease to exist in the form that we are used to." This is the forecast Bloomberg, voiced by him in the "Guide to the pessimist" before 2028.

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