56% of the people that responded to this survey said that they have a hard time parsing truth from fiction in news media. Back in 2017, 63% of survey respondents stated that they are interested in the news to a high degree, but that number has plummeted to 48% in 2023 with all things having been considered and taken into account.
In light of the prevalence of misinformation, it is peculiar that younger individuals are turning to a platform that is notorious for disseminating fake news. In spite of the fact that this is the case, it is hard to deny that TikTok may very well become the most popular news source in the world if current trends persist, and it will be interesting to see what occurs if this comes to pass.
Legacy news media is in a state of jeopardy, and institutions like Reuters are coming to terms with the potential death of old fashioned news dissemination methods. The coronavirus pandemic seemed to give the news a bit of a bump, but that growth rate has reversed in the following years. The US remains the nation with the lowest trust in the news, sitting at just 32%.