News they can use: on Facebook, Twitter and other social media

A greater percentage of Twitter’s users get news from the microblogging site, but many more Facebook users are consuming news on the world’s largest social network. That’s according to a new report from Pew Research Center, which looks at U.S. adults’ news consumption on social media sites.

The Pew report shows that 52 percent of Twitter users get news from the site, compared with 47 percent of Facebook users who get news from their feeds. However, Twitter has 230 million users worldwide compared with Facebook’s more than 1 billion users. 

Reddit’s percentage tops them all: 62 percent of its users get news from the site. Other percentages from well-known social networks: 30 percent of Google+ users get news from the site; YouTube 20 percent; LinkedIn 13 percent.

Another notable finding: Consumers of news on social media continue to get news from newspapers, TV and radio. For example, 46 percent of U.S. adult users of social media also get their news from local television.

“People who get news on social media haven’t abandoned traditional sources of news. In many cases, they’re getting news from traditional platforms about as much as the general public is. And in some cases, even more so,” said Jesse Holcomb, senior researcher for Pew’s journalism project, in an email.

Those who use social media for news also are heavy users of mobile to access news, Holcomb pointed out. For example, 54 percent of Twitter users who get news from the platform say they “often” access news from a mobile device. The same is true for 51 percent of LinkedIn users.

The survey, conducted over a week at the end of the summer, included 5,173 adults at least 18 years old.


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