Survey: Most Filipinos see fake news as a problem

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11) — A recent survey from Pulse Asia said 86% of Filipinos see fake news as a problem, and most see social media influencers, bloggers, and/or vloggers as peddlers of false information about government and politics.

Fieldwork for the pollster's nationwide survey on fake news was conducted from Sept. 17 to 21 via face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide.

Results said around nine out of every 10 adults say fake news is a problem. The sentiment was reflected nationwide with balance Luzon (areas in Luzon excluding Metro Manila) having the most number of people who agree (92%), followed by NCR (87%), Mindanao (81%), and Visayas (77%).

Polled individuals across the A to E socio-economic groups said this was true as well.

Pulse Asia also noted people were aware that they have watched, read, or heard fake news about the government and politics a few times a week (26%), a few times a month (25%), or at least once a day (21%).

The rest of those aware of such fake news have read, heard, and/or watched fake political news once a week (17%). A tenth of Filipino adults (10%) are not aware of untrue news regarding government and politics, the survey said.

The poll also revealed most people saw fake news on the internet or social media (68%), followed by TV, radio, friends/acquaintances, family, relatives, community leaders, newspapers, and religious leaders.

"For a small majority of adults (58%), social media influencers, bloggers, and/or vloggers are responsible for spreading fake political news in the country, an opinion shared by most Metro Manilans (69%), those in the rest of Luzon (67%), and those belonging to Class ABC and D (69% and 58%, respectively)," said Pulse Asia.

Journalists come in second, followed by politicians, civil/NGO leaders, businessmen and, finally teachers or academics.

Meanwhile, 44% of those surveyed said they were sure political news they read is true. Another 44%, however, said they were undecided.

Most adults (55%) also said they were confident Filipinos could tell if the political news they come across is true or false.

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