Today around seven-in-ten Americans use social media to connect with one another, engage with news content, share information and entertain themselves. Explore the demographic patterns and trends shaping the social media landscape.
How Americans Navigated the News in 2020: A Tumultuous Year in Review
Americans inhabited different information environments, with wide gaps in how they viewed the election and COVID-19.
Online harassment occurs most often on social media, but strikes in other places, too
Three-quarters of U.S. adults who have recently faced some kind of online harassment say it happened on social media.
Republicans, Democrats at odds over social media companies banning Trump
Americans are more likely to support than oppose banning Donald Trump's social media accounts, but views are divided along political lines.
Though not especially productive in passing bills, the 116th Congress set new marks for social media use
Voting members of the 116th Congress collectively produced more than 2.2 million tweets and Facebook posts in 2019 and 2020.
How lawmakers’ social media activity changed in the days after the U.S. Capitol riot
Social media activity by members of Congress changed in notable ways following the rioting at the Capitol by supporters of President Trump.
Q&A: What we’ve learned about online harassment
79% of Americans think social media companies are doing an only fair to poor job when it comes to addressing online harassment or bullying.
News Use Across Social Media Platforms in 2020
About half of U.S. adults say they get news from social media “often” or “sometimes,” and this use is spread out across a number of different sites. Facebook stands out as a regular source of news for about a third of Americans.
Social media continue to be important political outlets for Black Americans
These platforms have served as venues for political engagement and social activism for many years, especially for Black Americans.
Fast facts on Americans' views about social media as Facebook faces legal challenge
Here is what Pew Research Center surveys say about Americans’ attitudes toward the tech industry – and social media in particular.
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