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.
Partisans differ on whether social media companies’ decisions had a major impact on the election.
These platforms have served as venues for political engagement and social activism for many years, especially for Black Americans.
Here is what Pew Research Center surveys say about Americans’ attitudes toward the tech industry – and social media in particular.
We have studied Americans’ attitudes toward tech companies for years. Here are takeaways from our recent research.
Just one-in-ten Americans say social media sites have a mostly positive effect on the way things are going in the U.S. today.
The share of social media users who say they have changed their views on an issue has increased since we last asked this question in 2018.
Entering the peak of the the 2020 election season, social media platforms are firmly entrenched as a venue for Americans to process campaign news and engage in various types of social activism. But not all Americans use these platforms in similar ways.
Americans have grown more divided on whether offensive content online is taken seriously enough and on which is more important online, free speech or feeling safe.
Videos from independent news producers are more likely to cover subjects negatively and discuss conspiracy theories.