More Americans Are Using Social Media Platforms to Access News
Americans are increasingly accessing news through social media platforms
Americans are increasingly using social media to get their daily dose of news. According to new research by the Pew Research Center, 67% of American adults are getting at least some of their news from social media in 2017. The number is up from 62% in 2016. What’s interesting is that 55% of American adults over 50 who were polled said that they get at least a portion of their news from social media. In 2016, the number stood at 45%.
While Facebook (FB) still has a massive lead according to the research, in terms of social media platforms, Twitter (TWTR), Google’s (GOOG) YouTube, and Snapchat (SNAP) are being increasingly used to access news. 26% of the Americans polled said they use multiple social media platforms to get access to news. 74% of Twitter users access the platform for news, the highest percentage among the major social media platforms.
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Social media platforms trying to weed out fake news
However, social media is not immune to fake news. Facebook has been trying to weed out fake news. The social media giant has been trying to underline the fact that it is tinkering its policies and newsfeed algorithm to mitigate fake news.
The company has been penalizing publishers who share fake news. As the graph above shows, 45% of American adults polled by the Pew Research Center say that they use Facebook to get at least some of their news.