Chart of the week: Where people are sceptical of online news
1st July 2019
Less than half of people surveyed by Ipsos said that they trust online news websites and platforms, with a huge range in trust between countries.
India was the country that registered the highest trust in online news and websites, with about two-thirds of respondents saying the trusted online sources a great deal or a fair amount. India’s trust in newspapers and magazines more generally also rated the highest of any other country. Generally, respondents from India have a higher level of trust in their institutions, surpassing their counterparts at a time when trust in institutions in many parts of the world is slipping. People from China and Germany also registered high levels of trust in online news, with six in ten respondents falling on the trusting side of the spectrum.
Japan and Hungary registered the lowest level of trust in online news sources, with just under a quarter of people trusting online news sources. Reuters found that about 66 per cent of people use their smartphones on a weekly basis to get news. As online news increasingly makes up a larger part of consumers’ media diets, the correlation fall in trust is concerning for many countries.