Today we reported the results of our month-long survey among undergraduate UPLB students. We had hundred of respondents towards the end. In this group project, we are obliged only to use Google features like Google drawing, Google slides, and Google docs. We are glad we came up with this infographics based on their answers and the results of the survey.
Based on the results, about 56 percent of the respondents are victims of fake news. The number one source of fake news the students encountered is from the social media which is very likely because almost 75 percent of the respondents have read or know about news from social media and computer than news from radio, newspapers or television.
The usual topics of fake news they usually encounter are about politics, death of a public figure, scientific findings, showbiz, false accusations, health, weather forecast, tips holiday, sports, scandal, tragedies and natural phenomenon. As we can see, they tend to encounter fake news that are about politics than the other topics.
Various categories of fake news was also encountered by our respondents but mostly are slanted and biased fake news. Second to the poll is the misleading kind of fake news. While the least encountered kind of fake news are imprecise & sloppy and satire & parody.
We also asked them in our survey if they happened to have read, listened, or watched a news, that would they be able to evaluate if the information given was legitimate or not. The result is quite fascinating because about 66 out of 100 can be able to evaluate if the news they have acquired is legitimate or not.
When asked if they always check the source of their information 64% said always, while 29% said sometimes and the remaining said that they seldom and never do it. Almost half of the respondents said that they also check the date and time of the news that they have read to see to it if the information is timely or not. Forty-one percent (41%) said that they sometimes check the date and time while others (8%) said that they seldom do it. [B]
When asked about their awareness about Senate Bill No. 1492, “an act penalizing the malicious distribution of false news and other related violations”, majority (57%) said that they were aware while 43% said that they are not aware about this senate bill. Those who knew about this senate bill answered that they would support (79%) this bill while others said maybe (19%) and no (2%), while those who said that they were not aware of this bill that they would want to learn (95.4%) about it. [B]
So everyone, not only UPLB students, I hope with this survey we can help prevent spreading of fake news. I have only presented here highlights of our survey results. DO NOT BE DECEIVED. DO NOT DECEIVE.