A majority of Americans say altered videos and images create confusion about current issues, and most support restrictions on such content.
Politicians viewed as major creators of it, but journalists seen as the ones who should fix it
Republicans and Democrats are particularly divided on how closely they connect made-up news to the news media or to President Trump.
Many social media users in 11 emerging countries report being regularly exposed to misinformation when using the platforms.
Many who use social media say they regularly see false or misleading content, but also view these platforms as offering new avenues for political engagement.
Many Indians are satisfied with how democracy is working in India. But most see politicians as corrupt and question the efficacy of elections.
About two-thirds of Americans have heard about social media bots. Many are concerned that bots are used maliciously and negatively affect how well-informed Americans are about current events.
A majority of Republicans say technology firms support the views of liberals over conservatives and that social media platforms censor political viewpoints. Still, Americans tend to feel that these firms benefit them and – to a lesser degree – society.
On Twitter, suspected bots are far more active in sharing links to news sites focusing on nonpolitical content than to sites with a political focus.
Among the 25 most populous countries, Egypt, Russia, India, Indonesia and Turkey have the most restrictions on religion, while Japan, Brazil, the Philippines, the Dem. Rep. of the Congo and the U.S. have the fewest restrictions.