Results from a new survey on what exactly constitutes ‘fake news’ reveals that Canadians are divided on what it actually means.
According to Global News, nearly six in 10 Canadians (58 per cent) and Americans (62 per cent) defined “fake news” as a story in which the facts were wrong. However, 46 per cent also applied the term to politicians and news reports that only present one side of an argument. Another 46 per cent of Canadians and 51 per cent of Americans said it was a word used by politicians to discredit media reports they disagree with.
The poll also shows that Canadians trust themselves more than others when it comes to determining what is real and what is fake, although many of them have also been fooled by false stories.