Pew Research Center says 45% of Americans get their news from Facebook
The number of people getting news from social media continues to increase.
During the past year, the number of Americans getting at least a portion of their news from social media sites has increased from 62 percent in 2016 to 67 percent in 2017.
The findings are part of a survey conducted via phone by the Pew Research Center, polling 4,971 Americans to determine which social media sites they most often turn to for news content.
Because of its overall reach, Facebook is the most popular social platform for US adults who get news from a social media site. With 66 percent of Americans using Facebook, Pew Research Center says 45 percent of US adults get at least some of their news from the site.
The survey found that of the 45 percent turning to Facebook for news content, half claim it is the only social platform they are using for news.
Following Facebook, the second leading social media site for news was YouTube, with 18 percent of Americans getting their news from Google’s video platform.
Because of its smaller user base, Twitter ranked third in terms of social sites where Americans are getting news. With 15 percent of Americans on Twitter, the report found 11 percent are getting news from the social platform.
“In 2017, both the user base and the share getting news on YouTube grew. The result: 18 percent of all Americans now get news on YouTube,” says Pew Research Center. “Twitter has the reverse structure from YouTube: While a large share of its users get news on the site (74 percent say they do), its audience is significantly smaller overall.”