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Italians, the most worried in Europe by fake news

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(ANSA) – ROME, FEBRUARY 24 – Two years after the start of the pandemic and in the face of tensions on the Euro-Asian border, the discussion on the spread of fake news is more relevant than ever. Readly, the leading European provider of digital newspaper and magazine subscriptions, examines Italians’ perception of artfully created news, also in comparison with the European trend. 66% of Italians say they are “worried” or “very worried” about the spread of fake news and 60% believe they are targeted by them on a daily basis. 62% think that the circulation of fake news in the media is set to increase in the next three years. These percentages, which emerge from a Readly survey1, are the highest in Europe: on average, in other countries, only 39% of citizens say they are worried about fake news and only 44% feel exposed daily to fake news, with a downward peak for Sweden, where 28% of respondents say they feel exposed to fake news every day.

However, today, Italian citizens are the least likely to pay to access “qualified” information content: in fact, only 7% do so, compared to an average of 12% in European countries. Almost one in four Italians, however, declare themselves willing to acquire paid information content already today, while 22% intend to evaluate the expenditure only in the event of an increase in exposure to fake news. “The dissemination of artfully crafted news has been an ever-present issue during the pandemic, and it seems to reach new heights in pre-election periods or when conflicts between economic powers escalate. Our survey shows, however, that in general we have always become. more aware of our personal responsibility to verify the content we receive and the information sources we rely on, “says Marie Sophie Von Bibra, Head of Growth for Italy at Readly. (HANDLE).

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