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Most Americans Rely On Social Media For News

55% of American adults are getting their news from social media platforms, up from 47% in 2018, according to a recent survey by Pew Research Center.

More then half of U.S. adults admit thet they sometimes or often get their news from social media. At the same time 62% of them say that social media companies have too much control over the mix of news that users see. Most respondents (55%) also think that these companies’ efforts result in a worse mix of news for users.

Moreover, 82% of those in the study believe social media companies favour some news outlets over others, with just 16% saying that all news companies are treated equally.

Whose content is getting promoted? 88% of respondents say that social media platforms favour news organizations with sensationalist attention-grabbing articles. About 84% cited those with high number of followers on social media, while 79% believe that social media companies favour organizations that deliver content of a specific political stance.

Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are the most popular social media platforms overall for news consumption. Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit are the sites with the largest proportion of users consuming news.

The findings are based on a survey conducted July 8-21, 2019, among 5,107 U.S. adults who are members of Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.

Michał Pasternak

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