Some Americans say they have contributed directly to the distribution of fake news by sharing it themselves.
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Nearly one-in-three U.S. adults (32%) say they often see fake political news online, while 39% sometimes see such stories and 26% hardly ever or never do.
Though they sense these stories are spreading confusion, Americans express a fair amount of confidence in their own ability to detect fake news.
64% of U.S. adults say fabricated news stories cause a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current issues and events.
About 5.6 million more people have gotten on board with WhatsApp.
Of the major adult generations, Gen Xers (35-49) are the most likely to say that they’re exposed to multiple ads on the radio in a typical day.
More than 3 in 4 American adults engage in social media in some way.
By the end of 2016, 52.2 million people in the US will access their Twitter accounts at least once a month. That’s a 2.0% increase over last year.
More than half of online adults (56%) use more than one of the five social media platforms measured in this survey, a share that is statistically unchanged from the 52% who did so in 2014.
Facebook remains the most popular social media platform, with its users visiting the site more regularly than users of other social media sites.