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Microblogging has become very popular in China, where 73.5 of Internet users rely on microblogs, such as Twitter, to quickly receive news and information updates, according to a recent survey conducted by the China Youth Daily, Efe reported yesterday.

There is a general trust in the news delivered through these sites, as 56.5 percent of Chinese believe in the information provided by microblogs. However, 20.3 percent considered them to be "unreliable" while 23.2 percent remain uncertain about their credibility, Xinhua News Agency revealed.

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"Microblogs can only serve as a supplement to traditional media," Kuan Wenbo, a professor of Journalism at the Renmin University of China, said to the China Youth Daily. For him, the problem with these sites is that is difficult to judge the veracity of the information because anyone can publish information, Xinhua quoted.

The survey had 3,282 respondents from 30 Chinese provinces. According to Efe, China has more Web users than any other country, estimated at 420 million. However, is it also one of the countries that applies some of the strongest Internet censorship.


Clara Mart


2010-08-25 18:04

Americans' confidence in newspapers remains low, as only a quarter of the population says it trusts the press, a Gallup poll revealed on Friday.

Yet the greatest confidence (49 percent) comes from people between 18 and 29 years old, "the same demographic often blamed for the precipitous decline in U.S. dailies' subscription rates," Agence France Press pointed out. Nonetheless, the newspaper industry is not the only media field experiencing low confidence. According to the poll, 78 percent distrust television news.

The survey, which annually measures confidence in 16 U.S. institutions, found that trust declines as Americans get older, hitting its lowest level in the group between 30 and 49 years, with a 16 percent of confidence. Gallup explained this tendency by saying that young people place more trust in institutions in general, AFP noted. Trust in media, which has been declining since 2003, is now similar to the one Americans have in banks (23 percent) and much better than Congress (11 percent).


Clara Mart


2010-08-16 16:06

Internet users's dependence on print media as a primary source of information continues to drop, according to a recent study released by the Center for Digital Future at USC's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, LA Weekly reported on its blog.

According to the results, only 56 percent of those surveyed view print news as a valuable source of information. This was down from 60 percent when the survey was conducted in 2008. More people relied on the internet (78 percent) and television (68 percent) as their main news source.

The study found that only 56 percent of online users think newspapers as a valuable source of information, which decreased 4 percent since 2008.

More people, however, relied on the Web (78 percent) and TV (68 percent) as their main source for news.

When asked what they would do if the home newspaper folded and went online, only 59 percent of respondents said they would read it on online... for free, the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity reported.


Erina Lin


2010-07-30 20:49

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