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Pew: Majority Get Some News From Social Media

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About half of the respondents to a new study said that they "often" or "sometimes" get news from social media, with Facebook cited as the top source.

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That is according to a Pew Research Center poll conducted Aug. 31-Sept. 7 among 9,220 adults, al part of its American Trends Panel.

A little more than a third (36%) said that they regularly get news from Facebook, followed by 23% who said they get it from YouTube and 15% from Twitter. Rounding out the top 10 social media sites that are regular sources of news were Instagram (11% of respondents), Reddit (6%), Snapchat (4%), LinkedIn (4%), TikTok (3%), WhatsApp (3%), Tumblr (1%) and Twitch (1%).

But for all that social media news grazing, less than a third (29%) said that the news they got there helped them better understand current events, while almost a quarter (23%) say it has actually made them more confused by current events.

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Some sites are newsier than others. For example, says Pew, while 25% of adults use Twitter, over half of those (59%) said they are getting news regularly from the site, while less than a third (32%) of the 74% who are regular YouTube users said they get news from the site.

The margin of error on the survey is plus or minus 1.7 percentage points.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.