The Lloyd's Register Foundation World Risk Poll: "Fake news is the number one worry for internet users worldwide"

21 June, 2021

Dear Neil and HIFA colleagues,

Some members may be interested in this article, which I think is from Aug 2020, from The Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll titled "Fake news is the number one worry for internet users worldwide".

A couple of quotes from the article:

"Concern is more prevalent in regions of high economic inequality and where ethnic, religious or political polarisation exists, leading to weakening of social cohesion and trust."

"the poll also reveals that a significant minority of the world are not aware of the risk of fake news."

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll claims to be the first global study of worry and risk across the world. According to the website "the poll was conducted by Gallup as part of its World Poll, and is based on interviews with over 150,000 people, including those living in places where little or no official data exists, yet where reported risks are often high."

The poll can be explored further here:

Best wishes


Dr Julie N Reza

HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development ( She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group.

Email: naimareza AT