The term “fake news” entered the global lexicon during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Government officials and big tech companies are now scrambling to combat the proliferation of false or misleading news articles, but as we can see in this chart from Statista, a high level of fear remains in many countries.
It’s no surprise that Brazilians are concerned about fake news. According to a 2016 report from BBC Brazil, during the week leading up to the controversial impeachment of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, three of the five most shared news stories on Facebook were false. While it’s unfortunately late for Brazil and other countries that may have already been affected by fake news, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have since acknowledged the problem and have pledged to do what they can stop it.
Germany was labelled as a target for fake news in the run up to the country’s recent elections, but seems to not have been affected. And Germans are the least worried about it. A 2017 study from Oxford University found that although fake news was being spread through Twitter ‘bots’ Germans were much more likely to share credible news stories than people in the U.S. and U.K.