Summary Box: Study finds distrust in online info

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SURVEY SAYS: Three-quarters of Internet users find the Web an important source of information, but most people still don’t deem the content they see online reliable. In fact, the study has found that people are even more distrustful of the information they find online.

WHERE TO TRUST: The mistrust is especially true for social networks. Trust grows when it comes to established media outlets and government websites.

ABOUT THE STUDY: Researchers at the University of Southern California have been surveying Americans annually since 1999.