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Americans Seem Okay With Restricting False Information Online

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According to a new Pew poll, Americans today are more comfortable with the government and tech companies taking steps to restrict false information online than we were three years ago.

How we’ve changed:

Nearly half (48%) of U.S. adults say the government should take steps to restrict false information, up from 39% in 2018. A solid majority (59%) say tech companies should do the same, a slight increase from 2018 when 56% of Americans held that view.

Surprise, it’s partisan:

In 2018, solid majorities in both parties -- 57% of Democrats and 60% of Republicans -- thought that the freedom of information should be prioritized over government steps to restrict false information online, even if it meant some false information gets published. Today, 70% of Republicans hold that belief, while 65% of Democrats now support government efforts to restrict false information.

Partisan views on tech companies taking steps have also grown apart. Since 2018, Democrats have grown more in favor of tech companies restricting false information (up from 60% in 2018 to 76% in 2021), while Republicans have cooled on the idea (down from 48% in 2018 to 37% in 2021).

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