In light of the controversy over Facebook’s alleged suppression of conservative news from its “trending topics” section, it is particularly concerning to learn that 62% of U.S. adults get their news on social media, according to Pew Research.
Pew conducts an ongoing study of social media and news, examining how people consume news across various social networking sites. The 62% figure is based on a survey conducted earlier this year with 4,654 members of Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel.
Of the 62%, 18% get their news from social media often, 26% sometimes, and 18% hardly ever.
Compare this to 2012 when Pew asked a similar question in a survey and found that 49% of U.S. adults reported seeing news on social media.
The various social networking sites are crucial to consider here as well, given the different ways they disseminate news. 66% of Facebook users get news on that site, 59% of Twitter users get news on Twitter, and 70% of Reddit users get news on that platform…