About half (48%) of U.S. adults say they get news from social media “often” or “sometimes,” a 5 percentage point decline compared with 2020. More than half of Twitter users get news on the site regularly.
News on Twitter: Consumed by Most Users and Trusted by Many
Fully 70% of U.S. adult Twitter news consumers say they have used Twitter to follow live news events, up from 59% who said this in 2015.
4. Americans who mainly got news via social media knew less about politics and current events, heard more about some unproven stories
Americans who primarily get news through social media are least likely to follow COVID-19 coverage, most likely to report seeing made-up news
More than half of these social media news consumers say they have encountered made-up news about COVID-19.
Inflation has risen around the world, but the U.S. has seen one of the biggest increases
Third-quarter 2021 inflation was higher in nearly all (39) of the 46 nations analyzed than in the pre-pandemic third quarter of 2019.
Large Majorities of Newsmax and OAN News Consumers Also Go to Fox News
While Fox’s audience spans ideologies on the right, its new challengers attract mainly conservatives.
3. U.S. adults who mostly rely on social media for political news are often less knowledgeable about current events
U.S. household growth over last decade was the lowest ever recorded
The 2020 census counted 126.8 million occupied households, representing 9% growth over the 116.7 million households counted in the 2010 census.
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