53 percent of Hungarian Internet users aged 16 and over have reportedly encountered false news, mostly on social media – 47 percent said so – and half as many on other websites (23 percent), according to a recently published National Media report at the end of last year. and Communications Authority (NMHH). According to the self-reported data set, 60 percent of those surveyed had encountered some kind of content that was said to be harmful or perceived on the Internet.
As the number of Internet users in Hungary grows – 6.53 million people aged 16 and over at the time of the survey – this group will become more and more heterogeneous. The recognition of false news is largely determined by how intensely and actively an individual uses the Internet. Of those who visit five or more social sites on a weekly basis, 71 percent have encountered fake news, while only 41 percent of those who use no more than one such site have met.
And nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of those who feel they are very strongly attached to the Internet have come across fake news, while only 41 percent of those who say their lives are barely connected to the Internet have encountered this. However, in the course of the research, the recognition of false news was not affected at all by the type and size of the settlement, the number of families in the family, whether he was economically active, and his education, age, financial situation, gender or the country. . for accurate information, social media sources that have the most access to fake news are usually not traditional media providers. With phishing scams and groups that distribute them, they try to act on their own moderation principles, and some harmful or deceptive content is removed from the site without human intervention, using artificial intelligence, often minutes after its appearance.  The NMHH also draws attention to the fact that sanctioning misleading online news sources is not the responsibility of the authority, the procedure in this case falls within the competence of the police.
Gellert is Technology Editor at Counting News Media and contributor at other major tech publications. Her interests includes testing new gadgets and reading.