80% of Brits Can’t Differentiate Real and Fake News

You may have heard of the term ‘fake news’ being thrown around within the past few months but it’s important to know which of the news stories you read online are real – and which aren’t.

According to a recent survey, 86% of Brits admitted to not being able to tell the difference between real and fake news. 68% said that they don’t completely trust the information they read online bbut it doesn’t stop them from spreading potentially manipulated data.

The survey of 2,000 adults, conducted by cyber security expert McAfee, found that 70% of people don’t fact-check the information they share online, meaning they potentially contribute to the spread of fake viral news.

Chief Scientist and Fellow at McAfee, Raj Samani, commented: “This is an obvious problem for individuals as well as the wider society,” said Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and Fellow at McAfee.

“Sharing information that we do not 100% trust, without fact checking is a dangerous practice. We have seen instances of stolen and manipulated data being commissioned to assassinate characters and disrupt democracy.

“As well as fuelling the fake news fire, we could be inadvertently spreading malicious activity and supporting cybercrime. Sites that peddle fake news are often behind cyber-attacks such as ransomware and phishing.”

He also offered the following tips to prevent internet users from spreading the fake news:

Do your research: Conduct a quick Google search to find out if any large publications have commented or reported on the story. If trust-worthy sites aren’t covering it, it’s likely to be fake news.

Don’t click it: If you’re in doubt, don’t click the news stories that you suspect could be fake. Not only does the link have the potential to spread malware, but fake news could cause damage to your device.

Look at the URL: Often, fraudsters will attempt to tamper with a link to make it look like it’s from a reputable site. Take a close look at any links before clicking them and if you spot a typo, error or change in the format of the typical URL, don’t click it.


You May Also Like

These are the words that leave parents scratching their heads as they try to decipher the meaning

The phrases ‘gram’ and ‘pwned’ leave mums and dads scratching their heads as they ...

Millions of Brits live life through a lens rather than enjoying the experience

Millions of Brits live life through a lens rather than enjoying the experience, according ...

Here Are The Top Reasons Brits Say They Cry

Women will cry 4,680 times over their adult lifetime – more than twice as ...

46% of Broadband Users Can’t Understand Commonly-Used Jargon

We’re a nation of broadband users and we’re all connected to the internet nowadays. ...

Handy Ways To Declutter The House

Clutter is something we all accumulate throughout our lives. Every time we visit somewhere ...