Media trust over education stages

2 very interesting and connected surveys, from the Knight Foundation, to have a look at how free speech impacts trust in media over 2 important education stages: College and high school (in America): source Gallup/Knight Nov-Dec 2017 for colleges and Knight 2018 for high school.

Direction hints

As TrustedOut profiles medias, it’s important to get a sense on what’s going to happen and understand how young generations foresee how they are and will be consuming news.

Our findings

The First amendment challenge: Freedom of speech vs diversity and inclusion. both extremely important with 56% vs 52%…

“Students value both free expression and inclusion, though their commitment to free expression may be stronger in the abstract than in reality. Majorities of students say protecting free speech rights (56%) and promoting a diverse and inclusive society (52%) are extremely important to democracy. Students continue to prefer campuses be open learning environments that allow for a wide range of views to be heard than to prefer environments that prohibit certain types of potentially harmful speech, though not as widely as they did in 2016.” 

… but 61% refrain expressing their views because they are afraid others might take offense…

“… more students now (61%) than in 2016 (54%) agree that the climate on their campus prevents some students from expressing their views because they are afraid others might take offense.”

… So, “College students say campus expression has shifted online.”…

“More students say discussion of social and political issues mostly takes place on social media (57%), rather than in public areas of campus (43%). At the same time, an increasing percentage of college students agree that social media can stifle free expression because people fear being attacked or blocked by those who disagree with their views.”

… and “80% agree that the internet has been responsible for an explosion in hate speech.”.
Meanwhile, high school students agree at 89% that “people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions” driving an increased distrust in classic and social medias…

“Almost half (49 percent) of high school students and more than half of teachers (51 percent) say they have not much or not any trust in the media to report news accurately and fairly.” “Only 46 percent of students say they often use social media to get news, compared with 51 percent in 2016.”

… generating an increasing trust in citizen journalism.

“In 2018, 40 percent of students said they trusted content—pictures, videos and accounts—posted by people more than traditional news sources; this number grew from 26 percent in 2016. Teachers also show large increases in trust for citizen journalism efforts.”

Fake news are not a threat to democracy. For them.

“Unlike those who work in and cover the media 24/7, teens don’t really deem “fake news” as a threat to democracy. Just 21 percent of high school students view fake news as a significant threat to democracy. In contrast, 40 percent of teachers view it as a threat to democracy.”


Within the college students, we (TrustedOut) read an interesting shift in the Freedom of Speech vs inclusion balance in US campuses to avoid heated debates and move some of them online and to social media in particular. This eFreedom of speech releases some hates which may be contained within groups and develop its own echo chambers, but may also gain classic media over time.

Younger people in high school are, somewhat unsurprisingly, more opinionated with a strong attachment to the 1st amendment/democracy and a growing, stronger distrust in about all kinds of today established news vehicles. The citizen journalism they tend to privilege is, in reality, not new and, so far, unproven but at any rate, citizen journalism publications will have to incorporate into businesses to financially exist and get a legal status. At that point, they become a logo with values and defined readerships.

Both points above drive to even more information vehicles, more evolving and more granular and thus an even stronger need to have permanent profiling and reactive classifications. TrustedOut Corpus Intelligence is made for this.

B2BX: TrustedOut implements Keycloak for its user management

TrustedOut has selected Keycloak, an open source Identity and Access Management solution from RedHat (recently acquired by IBM for $34B) for its user management.

The perfect B2B eXperience.

Keycloak allows TrustedOut Corpus Intelligence to offer:

One login and multiple accounts? Ok.

Clients with multiple accounts, such as regional marketing managers, will be able to move from account to account without remembering and re-enter any password.

Social logins? Yop.

Clients can continue to use their social login, such as Google, Twitter or Facebook to get into their TrustedOut account. They can also authenticate with existing OpenID Connect or SAML.

Large corporation ready? Absolutely.

Your company uses LDAP or Active Directory servers? TrustedOut can use those and connect in no time.

Frictionless access to Corpus outcomes? Of course.

Getting in TrustedOut with your existing credentials  is good but getting TrustedOut’s outcomes, medias, feeds and article abstracts without any additional signing efforts is even better. The whole experience is totally frictionless. 

Security first? Sure!

Thanks to Keycloak, which is extensively used here, TrustedOut complies with standard protocols and provides support for OpenID Connect, OAuth 2.0, and SAML.

A huge thanks to 

Of trust, Facebook and French Yellow Vests.

In our previous post, “While distrust is general, trust definition is personal.“, we saw an increase in News reading while an increase in distrust in media and a clear split in trust between overall media and the media you read.

Here are the numbers from Reuters Institute and Oxford for France in 2018 (June):

and here are the comparable numbers for the USA:

Quickly, one can read French people pay less for online news, use more ad blockers, trust less the media they use. Matter of fact, the ratio News I use vs Overall Trust is almost 3 times less in France (only 17% more trust for Media I use”) vs the US (47% more trust for “Media I use”)

2 points are interesting in the context of the Yellow Vest in France:

French trust in overall media is increasing (+17%) while the US it’s decreasing (-11%)

Well, not for the Yellow Vests.

As written in Le Figaro (en French) “the anti-media rhetoric is a constant in the discourse of “yellow vests”” and in Le Monde (en French) “anti-media rhetoric, fuelled by press attacks against the movement’s opacity and anti-democratic nature.”

Social networks are the less trusted.

Well, not for the Yellow Vests.

But first, what is the place of Facebook in getting the news?

In America, overall Facebook IS NOT prominent.

When in France, Facebook IS prominent.

And the role of Facebook with the Yellow Vests is significant as The Verge writes “How Facebook Groups sparked a crisis in France“, including an excellent point on the new algorithm which could be linked to what Bloomberg names “France Faces a Typical Facebook Revolution

All this confirms the role of trust within media which is the fondation of TrustedOut Corpus Intelligence. For this article, I decided to trust major media sites identified with high traffic and years in business.

More on this? Country comparisons

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