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AP-NORC poll: Most inside US terror Ukraine war misinformation

AP-NORC poll: Most inside US terror Ukraine war misinformation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of U.S. adults speak misinformation around Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a greatest problem, with every one other accompanied by they mostly fault the Russian management for spreading those falsehoods.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows 61% of Americans speak the spread of misinformation concerning the war is a greatest problem, accompanied by only 7% saying it's not a problem. Older adults were additional probable to identify the wartime misinformation while an issue, accompanied by 44% of those under 30 calling it a problem, compared accompanied by 65% of those 30 with every one other accompanied by older.

Misleading communal media posts, fake pictures or videos with every one other accompanied by propagandized headlines have proliferated on websites, from TikTok to Facebook, since Russia's assault on Ukraine began inside February. In recent weeks, Russian condition media with every one other accompanied by communal media accounts have operated inside lockstep to push tweets, TV reports with every one other accompanied by posts that claim photos of bombed buildings with every one other accompanied by bodies across Ukraine have been staged or faked. Even well-meaning, daily communal media users have fallen victim to the falsehoods, accidentally sharing or liking posts with every one other accompanied by images that turned not here to exist inaccurate.

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About three-quarters of the American condition fault the Russian management for advancing misinformation around the war, while numerous too clasp in charge of communal media users, tech companies with every one other accompanied by the report media. Far fewer place a great deal of clasp in charge of on the Ukrainian or U.S. governments.

Russia's falsehoods concerning the war are finding millions of eyeballs across communal media with every one other accompanied by inside state-media reports. Earlier this month, for example, a chorus of Kremlin media reports, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts with every one other accompanied by Telegram channels tried to refute photographs with every one other accompanied by satellite images of bodies left-hand by Russian soldiers inside the streets of Bucha, Ukraine by calling the images a "hoax."

"Russia's stretch not here is broad," said Darren Linvill, a Clemson University professor who studies disinformation. "They have a a large amount of different outlets that they use — each item from condition media, inside Russian, English with every one other accompanied by mainly Spanish."

The poll shows a majority of Americans — concerning 57% — speak they believe Putin has directed Russian troops to commit war crimes, while 6% speak they believe he has not done so. An additional 36% speak they don't know sufficient to say.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, the AP with every one other accompanied by the PBS series "Frontline" have verified proof of 178 potential war crimes.

The poll shows concerning 6 inside 10 Americans speak communal media users have significant duty for the spread of misinformation concerning Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Roughly fifty per cent of too fault communal media companies with every one other accompanied by the report media.

Retiree Kellie Carroll, 58, who lives external outside of Fresno, California, said she is occasionally frustrated by communal media users who portion posts concerning the Ukraine war nevertheless don't cite the spring of their information.

"You'll see things that people are stating while fact, exist fond of they are there," Carroll said of posts she's seen on communal media around the war.

Carroll, who watches local report with every one other accompanied by listens to conservative talk radio, added that she, too, finds fault accompanied by report reporting on the war. She described it while difficult to find report reports around the war that are not injected accompanied by opinion.

"I don't want the opinions, I fair want the facts," she said.

Half of Americans too clasp in charge of the Chinese government, which has refused to condemn Russia's actions inside Ukraine, for spreading misinformation around the war.

Indeed, China's state-run media outlets have made at least 74 English-language Facebook posts referencing a conspiracy theory that the U.S. is running secret biotic warfare labs inside Ukraine that have intentionally released deadly viruses, according to a new report from NewsGuard, a technology firm that monitors misinformation. (The U.S. runs biolabs inside Ukraine; it's not a secret with every one other accompanied by they're not crafting bioweapons there.)

"A a large amount of this is certainly geared in the direction of the United States," said Jack Brewster, an analyst for the firm. "They're echoing the same talking points that Russia is."

Somewhat fewer clasp in charge of the spread of war misinformation on U.S. politicians, accompanied by 44% saying they convey significant responsibility, with every one other accompanied by 32% saying the same concerning the U.S. government.

Roger Beaulieu, a 66-year-old New Yorker, said the Russian management is in charge of for a a large amount of of the misinformation around the war. But he's been surprised when he reads The New York Times or watches MSNBC or CNN to see what he describes while misinformation coming from some Republican lawmakers concerning the war. Beaulieu specifically mentioned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who last month said that Ukraine invited Russia's invasion by "poking the bear."

"It fair seems that there's additional support for Russia than I tin maybe understand," Beaulieu said.

Large majorities of Democrats with every one other accompanied by Republicans speak Russia has a large portion of duty for spreading misinformation, with every one other accompanied by 70% of Democrats down accompanied by 55% of Republicans speak Putin has directed Russian troops to commit war crimes. About a quarter of Democrats with every one other accompanied by violently a third of Republicans speak they don't know.

But Republicans are additional probable than Democrats to speak communal media companies (63% vs. 50%), the report media (61% vs. 38%) with every one other accompanied by politicians inside the U.S. (52% vs. 38%) too convey a significant amount of clasp in charge of for misinformation concerning the war.

About a quarter of Americans all-inclusive said the Ukrainian management is significantly in charge of for the spread of misinformation. Republicans were additional probable to speak the Ukrainian management had significant clasp in charge of for spreading misinformation than Democrats, 32% to 15%. About 4 inside 10 Americans speak the Ukrainian management has little duty for the spread of misinformation.

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The AP-NORC poll of 1,085 adults was conducted April 14-18 using a specimen drawn from NORC's probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to exist representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling mistake for all respondents is and or minus 3.9 percentage points.

AP-NORC poll: Most inside US terror Ukraine war misinformation

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