Information has a crucial meaning in the 21st century. Fake news is the phenomenon which in a primitive but effective way can influence the reality surrounding us that appeared in the media more often. The ARC Rynek i Opinia institute commissioned by the Public Dialog agency conducted the first survey among (news) journalists about the scale of this phenomenon in Poland.
- 42% of journalists meet with fake news: several times a day, once a day, several times a week.
- Almost half of the respondents admitted that, they have believed in false information during the last month.
- Journalists verify information primarily on the Internet and through direct contact, often using national media and expert’s knowledge.
- According to 73% of journalists press law which is in force is sufficient, 23% said that it need updating/overwork.
- The fake news phenomenon will deepen – 91% of respondents indicated.
- According to respondents, the advancing phenomenon of tabloidization of the media, competition and lack of time to verify information are main cause for the appearance of false reports.