Almost one third of us have accidentally shared fake news stories or inaccurate information with others and one in five have shared a story after only reading the headline.
People spreading false and misleading information is not a new phenomenon, what is new is how easy it has become for anyone to publish and share information to a global audience.
Eight in 10 Kiwis recall having seen fake news on social media, 52 percent have seen it on New Zealand online news sites, 40 percent in print newspapers and one in three think they have seen it on local television.
It can be hard to spot misinformation which is why Your News Bulletin has been created by Netsafe and Facebook to help people identify fake news. We’re encouraging you to test your fake news knowledge with our interactive online trainer and use the information and educational resources we’ve put together to spot misinformation.