Use of AI for news is a global concern; survey reveals a decline in people's trust

AI: Concerns are growing among people about the use of AI in news and politics. According to a report by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, people doubt the credibility of news produced with the help of AI.

Jun 19, 2024 - 16:22
Use of AI for news is a global concern; survey reveals a decline in people's trust

Global concern is developing regarding the use of artificial intelligence in news production and misinformation. This claim was made in a report released by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. This analysis represents a significant threat to the news industry, which is already struggling to attract viewers. The key point of this article is that artificial intelligence-powered news relies solely on Google data, which can give readers incorrect information at any time.

The Reuters Institute published the report on Monday. Approximately one lakh people from 47 countries were surveyed. This paper describes the challenges the media has in increasing business and revenue.

Newsrooms globally are working to address a new challenge with generative artificial intelligence, as tech giants like Google and Open AI and startups are building tools that can take action to sift through information and traffic from news websites, but the report found that consumers are skeptical about the use of AI to create news content, especially for sensitive topics like politics.

According to the survey, 52% of US respondents and 63% of UK respondents said they would be uncomfortable with news produced mostly with AI. The report surveyed 2,000 people in each country, finding that consumers are not comfortable with the use of AI to make journalists' work more efficient.

Nick Newman, senior research fellow at the Reuters Institute and lead author of the Digital News Report, said, "It was surprising to see people being so skeptical of the use of AI. Most people feared what the future of the credibility and trust of such content could be."

It is worth noting that concerns about fake news content online have increased by three percentage points compared to last year. 59% of the respondents to this survey said they were worried about it. The report said that in South Africa and America this figure was higher at 81% and 72% respectively, as both countries are going to have elections this year.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Content Writer