report | Oct 6, 2022

The Role of Alternative Social Media in the News and Information Environment

In recent years, several new options have emerged in the social media universe, many of which explicitly present themselves as alternatives to more established social media platforms. Free speech ideals and heated political themes prevail on these sites, which draw praise from their users and skepticism from other Americans.


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short read | Jan 24, 2023

Key facts about Gab

About one-in-ten U.S. adults have heard of Gab, an alternative social media site, and 1% say that they get news there regularly.

short read | Dec 21, 2022

Key facts about Rumble

Here are key facts about the alternative social media service Rumble, an online video-sharing platform founded in 2013.

short read | Dec 16, 2022

Key facts about Telegram

While 27% of U.S. adults say they have heard of Telegram, only 2% use the alternative social media app for news.

short read | Nov 18, 2022

Key facts about Truth Social

With Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential bid now officially underway, here are key facts about Truth Social and its users.

short read | Oct 20, 2022

Key facts about Parler

While 38% of U.S. adults say they have heard of Parler, just 1% of Americans regularly get news there.

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fact sheet | Sep 20, 2022

Social Media and News Fact Sheet

Digital news has become an important part of Americans’ news media diets, with social media playing a crucial role in news consumption. Today, half of U.S. adults get news at least sometimes from social media. When it comes to where Americans regularly get news on social media, Facebook outpaces all other social media sites.

report | Oct 6, 2022

The Role of Alternative Social Media in the News and Information Environment

In recent years, several new options have emerged in the social media universe, many of which explicitly present themselves as alternatives to more established social media platforms. Free speech ideals and heated political themes prevail on these sites, which draw praise from their users and skepticism from other Americans.