Current findings on fake news

According to the new LfM study, more than half of the people surveyed have already had experience with fake news.

The topic of distorted information, so-called fake news or "alternative truth" has now reached the center of society. This is confirmed by a recent study by the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia (LfM). According to the study, more than half of German online users (59%) have already come into contact with fake news. Younger users are more likely than older ones to recognize fake news online. In the 14 to 24 age group, 77 percent have already seen fake news on the Internet. The majority of respondents are in favor of labeling options and new deletion laws.

As part of the representative study conducted by Forsa on behalf of LfM, more than 1,000 online users aged 14 and older were surveyed in May 2017 about fake news and their perception of it. The results will be presented today (June 19) at LfM's Media Assembly in Cologne.


klicksafe to go "Fact or Fake? How to debunk fake news on the Internet"
With the teaching material "Fakt oder Fake? How to unmask fake news on the Internet", klicksafe wants to raise awareness for a critical approach to information. How do I check whether a source is reputable? How do I check whether alleged facts are true? And how can I tell if pictures are real or edited and really belong to the text? Using factual information and worksheets, students learn how to expose manipulative content. The klicksafe to go teaching material on the topic of fake news is available for download at

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