LONDON: A new poll has found that teenagers trust social media influencers more than politicians to tell them the truth about current affairs and current affairs.
The study, commissioned by BBC Education, surveyed more than 2,000 teenagers aged 11 to 16 and found that social media is the main source of information for this age group.
“The results show how many young people do not know where to go for reliable information. They stray from more traditional sources of information, but they don’t know if what they see and hear elsewhere is trustworthy,” said Helen Foulkes, director of BBC Education.
When asked who they trusted most to tell the truth about the news, only 1% of respondents said they trusted politicians the most, compared to 5% who said social media influencers .
The most trusted source of information was parents, with 36% of respondents voting for this option.
35% of respondents used social media sites, including YouTube, as their main source of information, compared to 9% who said news websites and 3% who chose newspapers.
TikTok was the most popular platform for accessing news, with 30% of respondents saying it was the first app they used. However, despite its popularity, TikTok scored lowest in terms of trust, with 31% of respondents saying it was the least trusted platform.
TikTok was followed by YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, with 23%, 19% and 13% of respondents choosing this option respectively.
Television was the most trusted news source, garnering over 74% of votes. Meanwhile, 60% of respondents voted for radio as a trusted news source, followed by online news sources and social media with 57% and 47%, respectively.
The BBC was the most trusted news provider, with 67% of respondents saying they believed the broadcaster’s news.
This was followed by ITV with 65% and Channel 4 with 56%. Meanwhile, 51% of respondents trusted information from YouTube and 50% from newspapers.