A new poll published by Pew Research Wednesday shows a clear majority of Americans have had enough of “fake news” and now view the problem as a bigger threat to the nation than “terrorism” or “illegal immigration.”
“Americans view made-up news and information as a bigger problem than other critical issues, including terrorism, immigration, climate change and racism, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center,” reports Axios.
“The survey finds that Americans feel more worried today about fake news because it’s undermining their trust in key institutions, like government and the media,” adds the survey. “The only issues that rank higher than made-up news and information as ‘very big problems in the country today’ are drug addiction, the affordability of health care, the U.S. political system, and the income gap.”
According the poll, more than 68% of those asked say “made-up news and information” has a massive impact in their “trust in government.”
The issue polled higher than violent crime (50%), climate change (46%), Racism (40%), Illegal Immigration (38%), and Terrorism (34%).
Ratings for CNN, MSNBC, and other outlets have plummeted since the release of Robert Mueller’s “no collusion” report following two-years of non-stop coverage.
CNN’s prime time coverage is down 16% in recent weeks, with MSNBC’s ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ hitting its lowest levels since President Trump’s inauguration.
“The Fake News Media has lost tremendous credibility with its corrupt coverage of the illegal Democrat Witch Hunt of your all time favorite duly elected President, me! T.V. ratings of CNN & MSNBC tanked last night after seeing the Mueller Report statement. @FoxNews up BIG!” tweeted Trump.
The Fake News Media has lost tremendous credibility with its corrupt coverage of the illegal Democrat Witch Hunt of your all time favorite duly elected President, me! T.V. ratings of CNN & MSNBC tanked last night after seeing the Mueller Report statement. @FoxNews up BIG!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2019
The President’s comments come as mainstream media outlets and leading Democrats struggle to explain two-years of non-stop, breathless coverage of the Commander-in-Chief’s non-existent relationship with Russian officials.
A NEW LOW: Trump TRASHES ‘Fake News’ for Melania Conspiracy Theory, Says ‘More Deranged’ than Ever
President Trump unloaded on the mainstream media Wednesday after “fake news” outlets reported on a bogus conspiracy theory regarding First Lady Melania Trump; saying “they are only getting more deranged with time.”
“The Fake News photoshopped pictures of Melania, then propelled conspiracy theories that it’s actually not her by my side in Alabama and other places. They are only getting more deranged with time!” tweeted the President.
The Fake News photoshopped pictures of Melania, then propelled conspiracy theories that it’s actually not her by my side in Alabama and other places. They are only getting more deranged with time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2019
The President’s comments refer to doctored images that surfaced on social media following his visit to Alabama, with multiple users claiming he traveled to the region with a body-double for the First Lady.
ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook Introducing ‘TRUSTWORTHINESS RATING’ for All Users
Social media giant Facebook is quietly introduced new technology that assigns its users a “trustworthiness score” between zero and one; ranking people who appear to be malicious actors as a method of cracking down on “fake news.”
According to the Washington Post, Facebook has been working on the software for more than a year in a prolonged campaign to remove individuals seeking to “game tech systems” for negative purposes.
“The previously unreported ratings system, which Facebook has developed over the last year, shows that the fight against the gaming of tech systems has evolved to include measuring the credibility of users to help identify malicious actors,” writes the Post.
The developers behind the project aren’t disclosing what factors will influence a user’s rating; adding the score will not be an “absolute indicator” and may fluctuate over time.
“The score is one measurement among thousands of new behavioral clues that Facebook now takes into account as it seeks to understand risk. Facebook is also monitoring which users have a propensity to flag content published by others as problematic, and which publishers are considered trustworthy by user,” adds the article.
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