Media use & news habits
Notwithstanding the popularity of WeChat, we wanted to understand how Chinese-Australians engaged with a range of other social media sites, their media habits, levels of trust in media, and usage across different sources of information.
WeChat remains frequently used to access English and Chinese-language news but there is a decline in its usage since 2021.
QUESTION Now thinking about WeChat in particular. Please indicate if you use WeChat often, sometimes or never to get your English/Chinese-language news.
Figures for this chart are based on 82% of the Chinese-Australian population who indicate they have used WeChat in the following question: “Thinking about the social media sites you use. About how often do you visit or use…"
Increasing numbers of Chinese-Australians say that Australian media reporting about China is fair and balanced.
QUESTION Overall, would you say Australian media reporting about China is too positive, too negative or fair and balanced?
Australian media outlets are most trusted to report news accurately and fairly.
QUESTION How much do you trust the following sources to report news accurately and fairly?
A quarter of Chinese-Australians say they encountered made-up news during the federal election of 2022.
QUESTION During the federal election held on Saturday 21 May 2022, did you see any stories about politics or the election that seemed completely made-up news?
Two-thirds of Chinese-Australians are confident in recognising made-up news.
QUESTION How confident are you in your own ability to recognise news that is made-up news?
Chinese-Australians are more likely to stop getting news from a specific outlet and check the facts of news stories in response to the issue of made-up news.
QUESTION Has the issue of made-up news and information led you to do any of the following?