A survey of the Fund for Information Support for Socio-Economic Development of the Far East showed that a decrease in public confidence in the media is due to the fact that social networks are increasingly becoming information disseminators, Yakutia 24 TV channel reports.
More than 600 people took part in the survey, of which about half are media workers and bloggers. The results were presented at the Days of the Far East at the site of the project “Media School: Far Eastern Reporter”.
The four main problems, according to respondents, were the distrust of the population in the authorities’ words and the problem of fact checking and fake news. Then there is an information flow and the loss of trust, the decline in competitiveness of traditional media.
It is noted that the use of social networks as an information platform often violates ethical standards, which becomes the reason for the spread of fake news.
According to Aleksey Babkov, the head of the Fund’s information projects directorate, such a result confirms the need to change approaches of government bodies’ with the media.
“Attempts to establish tight control over traditional media are perceived by a significant part of journalists and readership as a restriction of activity and information freedom. Ultimately, this leads to the rapid growth of the audience of social networks, which are increasingly taking on the functions of the media. Today it is necessary to learn to create competitive information content that will be interesting to a reader, demonstrate the openness of the government and put it as a representative of the population, working for the people,” he explained.