SOCIAL media influence the political views of more than 50 percent of Filipinos, according to Pulse Asia in a survey released on Wednesday.
The result, based on a sample of 1,800 representative adults 18 years old and above, is a 12-point increase from June 2017.
It said that 51 percent of Filipinos with access to the internet would change their views concerning politics and the government upon seeing, reading or listening to a related topic in their news feeds.
Visayans are the most easily swayed by social media at 71 percent while 52 percent are from Balance Luzon.
Those from the National Capital region (NCR) and in Mindanao are not as easily influenced at 58 percent and 56 percent respectively.
The same survey found that 88 percent of Filipinos were aware of “fake news” with 79 percent saying that they consider it to be widespread on social media. This is a 20-point increase compared to June 2017.
This awareness increased in Luzon at 79 percent from 64 percent in June 2017; Visayas, 80 percent from 25 percent; and Mindanao, 78 percent from 55 percent.
It decreased in NCR by five points.
The survey was released a day before the start of the filing of certificates of candidacies (COCs) for the 2019 mid-term elections.
Local and international studies showed that social media was being used to sway the perceptions of people.
Several political and social media experts view fake news as a problem that should be addressed in the country.
The survey has a ± 2.3 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.
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