May 20, 2022

New Data From Pew Finds That 71% of Americans Now Get News Content via Social Platforms

From Social Media Today:

According to the latest data from Pew Research, which incorporates responses from more than 9,200 Americans, around 71% of people now get at least some of their news input from social media platforms.

About half of Americans get news on social media at least sometimes

That’s up from 68% in 2018 – though Pew does note that changes in their methodology do make direct comparison between the 2018 and 2020 numbers difficult.


As per Pew:

“White adults make up a majority of the regular news users of Facebook and Reddit, but fewer than half of those who turn to Instagram for news. Both Black and Hispanic adults make up about a quarter of Instagram’s regular news users (22% and 27%, respectively). People who regularly get news on Facebook are more likely to be women than men (63% vs. 35%), while two-thirds of Reddit’s regular news users are men.”

That’s an interesting snapshot of varying news usage, and may provide some indicators of the trust each group places into the different social apps.

Facebook stands out as regular source of news for AmericansDemographic profiles and party of regular social media news users in the U.S.

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