Pew Survey: Some People Share Fake News Even When They Know It’s Fake

Fourteen percent of its participants.

In the many, and often tangled, story lines running through and out of fake news, a Pew survey uncovers another one: people who share fake news. On purpose. When they knew it’s fake. It Pew’s 1,002-person survey, 14 percent of respondents said they have shared news they knew was fake, compared to the 16 percent who have done so by accident, only finding out it was fake after the fact.

But back to the 14 percent. If you’re asking yourself questions like why? or WTF? Pew has some answers for you. Reasons include “because they want to spread misinformation, to ‘call out’ the stories as fake, for the amusement value,” and the ever mysterious “some other reason.”

The survey also asked participants about their overall sense of the issue of fake news, with 64 percent of respondents saying it is problematic and “spreads confusion.” But a much smaller percentage feel they themselves would be pizzagated into going on some bizarre self-investigatory odyssey:

Americans express a fair amount of confidence in their own ability to detect fake news, with about four-in-ten (39%) feeling very confident that they can recognize news that is fabricated and another 45% feeling somewhat confident. Overall, about a third (32%) of Americans say they often see political news stories online that are made up.

Check out the full survey here.