Portuguese uncomfortable with news entirely produced by Artificial Intelligence

As a strategic partner, OberCom – Communication Observatory collaborated with RISJ in designing the questionnaire for Portugal

The Portuguese express discomfort with news entirely produced through artificial intelligence (AI), according to the Reuters Digital News Report 2024, released today.

The Reuters Digital News Report 2024 (Reuters DNR 2024) is the 13th annual report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) and the 10th to contain information about Portugal. In 2024, 47 news markets participated, including Portugal.

As a strategic partner, OberCom – Observatório da Comunicação collaborated with RISJ in the design of the questionnaire for Portugal, as well as in the final analysis and interpretation of the data.

Regarding issues related to AI, in Portugal “knowledge and positioning vary significantly according to gender, age, education level or family income”.

Half of Portuguese people “say they have a lot or moderate knowledge on the subject, 38% say they know little and 7% say they know nothing”.

Regarding the use of AI in journalism, “the Portuguese are more comfortable with news produced by human journalists with some AI support, especially on topics such as science and technology, art and culture, sport or local/regional topics”.

When asked about news reports made by a human journalist with some help from AI, 22% said they were “comfortable” and 13% “very comfortable”.

“In terms of news produced by AI with some human supervision, they are less comfortable, especially on topics such as politics or crime”, summarizes the study.

When asked about news produced by AI with some human supervision, 24% of respondents say they are “uncomfortable” and 19% “very uncomfortable”.

The survey was carried out in 47 markets: United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Mexico , Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

Fieldwork was carried out at the end of January/beginning of February.