Poll: Majority of adults don’t trust Trump’s comments on Covid-19 vaccine (NBC)

NBC: Poll: Majority of adults don’t trust Trump’s comments on Covid-19 vaccine. “A majority of American adults don’t trust what President Donald Trump has said about a coronavirus vaccine, according to new data from the NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Tracking poll, as the share of people who say they would get a government-approved vaccine has decreased.”

Financial Advisor: U.S. Officials Offer Conflicting Coronavirus Vaccine Timetables

Financial Advisor: U.S. Officials Offer Conflicting Coronavirus Vaccine Timetables. “Top U.S. health officials offered conflicting estimates Wednesday of when Americans should expect coronavirus vaccines to be widely available, with one saying in an interview that every American could be able to get a shot by the end of March. That timetable, offered by Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff for policy at the Department of Health and Human Services, is more ambitious than those of drug company executives, most public health experts and some other top U.S. health officials. It follows comments by President Donald Trump during a televised town hall event hosted by ABC News Tuesday that a vaccine could be approved in three or four weeks.”

Arizona State University: General public sees government science advisers through political lens, ASU researcher finds

Arizona State University: General public sees government science advisers through political lens, ASU researcher finds. “What people think of the scientists who advise the federal government partially depends on their own political persuasion and where the scientists work, according to new findings published this week by an Arizona State University researcher. The study highlights the risk of politicizing scientific advice given to government agencies.”

NPR: Distrust Hurts U.S. Efforts To Stop Coronavirus, Former Obama Health Official Says

NPR: Distrust Hurts U.S. Efforts To Stop Coronavirus, Former Obama Health Official Says. “Why are coronavirus cases so much higher here in the United States than other countries? For Andy Slavitt, former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama, the fundamental issue at play isn’t simply a slow turnaround for virus test results or mask mandates. He blames a widespread erosion of fundamental trust at all levels of society.”

MediaPost: Social Media, Local TV News Are Top COVID-19 Information Sources, Trust Issues Remain

MediaPost: Social Media, Local TV News Are Top COVID-19 Information Sources, Trust Issues Remain. “Social media — just ahead of local TV news — is the place U.S. consumers are turning to for local information on COVID-19, according to a survey from Magid — however, trust issues remain. The consumer researcher says social media — which includes Facebook, Twitter — pulled in 34% number; local TV newscasts, 33%; with national newscast (ABC, NBC, CBS), 28%. National cable TV networks (CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC) are at 20%. Results hear tally multiple overall mentions of news sources for the story.”

NiemanLab: People are getting a lot of coronavirus news from traditional media, but they trust information from their employers more

NiemanLab: People are getting a lot of coronavirus news from traditional media, but they trust information from their employers more. “The coronavirus pandemic continues to throw salt in the wound we journalists have about the public’s trust in news. The communications firm Edelman published a special edition of its annual Trust Barometer Report that highlights the role that the private sector must play in informing people about the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, the study also underscores the public’s conflicting views of the news media.”

EurekAlert: Social media contributes to increased perception of food technology as risky business

EurekAlert: Social media contributes to increased perception of food technology as risky business. “When it comes to food technology, the information shared on social media often trumps the facts put out by the scientific community and food experts, leading to the dissemination of disinformation, ‘fake news’ and conspiracy theories. Nowhere is this more evident than consumers’ mistrust of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), despite assurances from the scientific community and food experts.”

Phys .org: By leap of faith? How to regain trust in science and expertise

Phys .org: By leap of faith? How to regain trust in science and expertise. “Fake news? Post-truth? Populism? In the current environment of growing scepticism about political institutions and a dismissal of journalism and scientific facts, public trust in expertise is seen as eroding. Such trends are often associated with a changing digital communication landscape where new responses and mechanisms are required to find common ground in public discourse and decision-making.”

MIT Technology Review: Most Americans think they’re being constantly tracked—and that there’s nothing they can do

MIT Technology Review: Most Americans think they’re being constantly tracked—and that there’s nothing they can do. “It’s not just that Americans (correctly) think companies are collecting their data. They don’t like it. About 69% of Americans are skeptical that companies will use their private information in a way they’re comfortable with, while 79% don’t believe that companies will come clean if they misuse the information.”

Phys .org: Cynical social media voices can erode trust in news media

Phys .org: Cynical social media voices can erode trust in news media. “Amid rising concerns about low public trust in mainstream media institutions, a Rutgers study found that real-life and online social interactions can strongly influence a person’s trust in newspaper, TV and online journalism—but when it comes to online interactions, cynical views are the most influential.”

Phys .org: Researchers suggest better communication needed to convince public of findings

Phys .org: Researchers suggest better communication needed to convince public of findings. “A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. has published a Perspective piece in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences discussing the growing problem of acceptance of findings by scientists by the general public. They suggest several possible approaches that researchers could use to promote more effective signals of trustworthiness to the public.”

Search Engine Journal: Only 50% of Consumers Believe Search Results Provide Accurate Information About Brands

Search Engine Journal: Only 50% of Consumers Believe Search Results Provide Accurate Information About Brands. “New research on the expectations of consumers searching for brand information finds only half believe information in search results is accurate. Further, consumers hold brands responsible for the inaccurate information, even when it appears outside of a brand’s official channels.”

Bloomberg Quint: U.S. Military Trusted More Than Google, Facebook to Develop AI

Bloomberg Quint: U.S. Military Trusted More Than Google, Facebook to Develop AI. “Facebook Inc. is among the technology companies leading the race to develop artificial intelligence. But Americans don’t trust it to do so responsibly, a survey from a U.K. think tank has found. More than two-thirds of those surveyed said they had either ‘no confidence’ or ‘not too much confidence’ in Facebook developing A.I., a report from the Center for the Governance of AI, part of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, said. ”

News Co/Lab survey: People don’t consider local news ‘fake’ (Arizona State University)

Arizona State University: News Co/Lab survey: People don’t consider local news ‘fake’. “A new national survey shows that although nearly one in five Americans immediately associate the word ‘news’ with the word ‘fake,’ only a tiny number use that word to describe local news.”