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Fewer Than Half of Canadians Trust ‘Authoritative Sources’ of Information: Federal Research

Fewer than half of Canadians have a high level of trust in “authoritative sources” of information such as government health agencies, public news sources, and scientists, according to internal research by the federal Privy Council.
The Privy Council report, “Misinformation and Disinformation: An international effort using behavioural science to tackle the spread of misinformation,” studied 1,872 Canadians and their “intentions to share false COVID-related headlines online,” using “behavioural interventions.”
Of those studied, 42.9 percent of Canadians reported they had high trust in official sources—specifically institutional or authoritative sources of information such as government health agencies, health-care workers, public news sources, and scientists—and low trust in social media, family, and friends….

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