Confidence in news has grown amid the coronavirus pandemic, with 44 percent of respondents globally saying they trust most news most of the time, but according to a poll released Wednesday, the number is below average in India at 38 percent.

Finland topped the charts with an overall confidence of 65 percent, while the US brought up the rear with 29 percent. India ranks in the bottom half of the University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s 46-country survey.

In India, long-established print brands and government broadcasters Doordarshan and All India Radio are more trusted, while print brands are generally more trusted Trusted as TV brands that are seen as far more polarized and high-profile.

In another interesting finding, the study found that personalities – celebrities and influencers – received the most attention from users of social media messages four major platforms in India – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

Internet personalities were followed by mainstream news agencies / journalists, politicians / political activists, smaller or alternative news sources, and ordinary people among the five largest groups , which Indian social media users look out for in messages.

The study rejected however, suggests that their data is based on a survey of mostly English-speaking online news users in India, a small subset of a larger, more diverse media market in the country.

In the Asia-Pacific region, India ranks 8th, while Thailand ranks 8th The top 50 percent of those surveyed trust the news.

The Reuters Institute study also showed that global concerns about false and misleading information rose from 82 percent in Brazil to 37 percent in Germany this year It also found that social media users were more likely to report being exposed to misinformation about the coronavirus than non-users, with platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp being seen as the main channels for spreading false information / p> Most of the Indian respondents expressed concern about Covid-19 misinformation via WhatsApp (28 percent t), followed by Facebook (16 percent), YouTube (14 percent), search engines such as Google (7 percent) and Twitter (4 percent).

Confidence in the news has decreased on average in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic increased six percentage points. 44 percent of respondents worldwide said they trust most news most of the time. According to the survey report, the recent decline in average confidence will be reversed to some extent, bringing the level back to 2018 levels.

India was also one of the few countries where a majority of respondents (over 50 Percent) worried about the financial situation of news organizations, while this proportion was only 32 percent in the US, 26 percent in the UK and 23 percent in the US Germany and 41 percent in Singapore.

The survey also found that personalities how celebrities and influencers are drawing the most attention from users of social media messages on all four major networks of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

Facebook users among the respondents said that when they accessed pay as much attention to the news to ordinary people as journalists or news organizations while those who use Twitter , Paying almost as much attention to politicians as journalists or news organizations.

In India, the old print news brands and newspapers in general have borne the brunt of the downturn, while television remains the most popular source overall, despite the growing popularity of digital media, as the survey found.

Among respondents in India, old print brands and government broadcasters Doordarshan and All India Radio enjoy high levels of consumer trust.

Print brands are generally more trusted than TV brands that are in Their reporting is seen as far more polarized and sensational, it said.

The survey found India to be one of the strongest mobile-focused markets, with 73 percent accessing news on smartphones and only 37 percent using computers.

India have more than 600 million active internet users, many of whom only access the internet via cell phones access – supported by low data charges and cheap equipment.

However, the study indicated that the results should not be viewed as nationally representative as respondents are generally wealthier, younger, more formal, and more likely to be in Cities live than the broader Indian population.

For each of the 46 countries including India, the sample size for the survey ranged from 2,000 to 2,099.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and will be published via a syndicated feed.)

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