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10 Sep 2017

70% Americans get their news from social media, says survey

Americans rely on social media for news

Pew Research Center survey says, almost two-thirds of American adults get "at least some of their news on social media" and two-in-ten among them use it as their primary source of news.

As high as 67% Americans rely on platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, to get their daily dose of news instead of established media outlets.

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Americans rely on social media for news
Here are the numbers


Here are the numbers

According to the survey numbers, social media sites serve as the primary source of news for 55% of the senior American citizens. The number is up from 45% that was noticed in 2016.

The survey noted, "While a small increase overall, this growth is driven by more substantial increases among Americans who are older, less educated, and non-white."


Facebook reigns supreme

For American citizens below 50, the number remains the same as it was in 2016. Almost 78% of them consume news from social media sites.

For 45% American adults, the most prominent source of news is Facebook.

Google's YouTube comes in second as the choice of 18% American citizens, followed by Twitter at 11%.

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Being educated helps

Those without a bachelor's degree now rely more on social media news that about a year ago. The number has increased by 9 percentage points from last year to 69% now.

Reliance on social media news among those with a college degree, however, has decreased.

Twitter enjoys quite the popularity being POTUS's preference. Almost 74% of Americans, who use Twitter, get news from there.

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