tiptrot.com March 21, 2018

China tops trusted nation's list, India at third place, says survey

23 January 2018, 01:36 | Bernice Figueroa

Seven in ten people say social media giants aren’t doing enough to tackle bullying. File

Seven in ten people say social media giants aren¿t doing enough to tackle bullying. File

Ironically, this is happening at a time when the USA economy is growing strongly, unemployment continues to edge lower and share prices are booming.

In this environment, media has become the least-trusted institution for the first time in Trust Barometer history - yet, at the same time, the credibility of journalists rose substantially.

America suffered a record drop in trust, according to the annual survey, while China topped countries with a growing trust in institutions.

In an annual assessment of trust levels around the world, the firm said Monday that trust in the USA has fallen precipitously in the past year, particularly among what it terms the 'informed public.' Trust in government has fallen the most but confidence in business, media and non-governmental organizations has also dropped sharply.

Twenty-two of the 28 countries expressed distrust in media, and in the US, the public's trust in media sources dropped 5 percent from 2017. These decreases have all but eliminated last year's 21-point trust gap between the general population and informed public in the U.S. Trust among the informed public in the US imploded, plunging 23 points to 45, making it now the lowest of the 28 countries surveyed, below Russian Federation and South Africa.

One country where trust is rising is China, which now finds itself atop Edelman's Trust index for both the general population and the 'informed public.' In contrast to the US, faith in government is leading the overall upward trends. "The root cause of this fall is the lack of objective facts and rational discourse".

Globally, almost seven in 10 respondents among the general population worry about fake news or false information being used as a weapon, and 59 percent say that it is getting harder to tell if a piece of news was produced by a respected media organization. In 22 of the 28 countries surveyed it is now distrusted.

"The demise of confidence in the Fourth Estate is driven primarily by a significant drop in trust in platforms, notably search engines and social media", it added.

Business is now expected to be an agent of change.

The issue of fake news has been prominent during Donald Trump's first year in office, with the president and his critics accusing each other of spreading false information. The employer is the new safe house in global governance, with 72 percent of respondents saying that they trust their own company.

Edelman said it was time social media companies sat up and listened.

Elsewhere in Europe, the survey finds relatively high levels of trust for both government and media in the Netherlands (both over 50 percent).

Other News

Trending Now

Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast roast men-only fan edit
Will Luke Skywalker restore balance to the Force once more? The ending of The Last Jedi was a total shock to fans everywhere. Now it's all one united Resistance fighting without inner conflict and that's much more satisfying to watch.

Ubisoft announces dates for Assassin Creed Origins DLC's
No wording on the price point for the pack, but players can hop into Assassin's Creed Origins now and check out the pack. The Curse of the Pharaohs will be available as part of the season pass or available to purchase separately for $19.99.

Tortured, starved Calif. children rarely seen outside home: neighbors
They said the children were raised in a "very strict homeschooling" environment and had to memorize long Bible passages. A Northrop spokesman declined to say whether Turpin was now employed there. "This is a highly respectable family".

Russian Federation withdraws troops from Syria's Afrin under Turkish attack
The YPG also forms the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the main US ally against the Islamic State group in Syria. The Turkish official said Turkey would learn from its 2016-17 operation in Syria dubbed Euphrates Shield.

Kim Kardashian reveals her new daughter's name is Chicago
Kim clarified it by saying "the technical term for a woman who carries a baby that she has no biological relationship to". And social media was abuzz with rumors , particularly after Kardashian posted a Louis Vuitton print on Instagram .

Rebound in Cryptocurrencies Prices Early Today, Ripple Surges over 50%
The cryptocurrency market is notoriously volatile but events in South Korea appear to have a disproportionate effect on trading. Even though it fell to that point, it's recovered slightly and is now trading at $10,129.96 at the time of this writing.

Chelsea Agree Potential Move For Former City Striker
Chelsea are closing in on the signings of Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri from AS Roma , according to reports. Chelsea are interested in signing Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich this summer, report Bild .

Philippines defends 'innocent passage' of United States warship near disputed shoal
He has promised, however, to take up the arbitration ruling with China at a still-unspecified time during his six-year presidency. But Manila's Malacanang Palace said it did not want to be part of the latest spat between Beijing and Washington.

Why do politicians and judges get paid during a government shutdown?
Some agencies, like the federal courts and Department of State , can function for several weeks on their remaining funds. Polls at the time showed that Americans thought Republicans were more to blame for the crisis than Democrats.

Stephen Colbert Scars America by Re-Creating Trump's Encounter with Stormy Daniels
Stormy also mentioned to In Touch that Trump showed her a mag with his face on it before they had sex. "(It) was nothing insane . Weisberg said that she was sharing these details because Trump had not yet paid her or finalised the confidentiality agreement.