A majority of Americans are getting their news from these sources

Facebook and other social media news sources

Social media is now the number one source of news for 62% of Americans according to a study from Pew Research.

The study found that 18% were using social media to get their daily news “very often.”

Facebook is still the number one source of news referrals on social media.

The study claims that two-thirds of Facebook’s user base read their news on the platform, with 59% of Twitter users getting news on Twitter. Nearly three-fourths (70%) of Reddit users also use that platform to find the news that matters to them.

Facebook reaches 67% of the adult American population while Twitter only reaches 16%. That means Facebook is serving news to 44% of the US population.

Approximately one-fourth of the 4,654 members of the Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel said they get news from two or more sites, and only 10% say they receive news from three or more platforms.

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Between 20% or 30% of users from the top five social media sites with news audiences also get their news from television, both nightly network news and local TV.

In 2012, a similar study found that 42% of US adults were finding news based on suggestions from their social media accounts.

The study arrives just weeks after Facebook was accused of leaning towards a left-wing bias via its trending news product.

Written by Franklin Simmons

Franklin Simmons

Franklin Simmons is BusinessPundit's Tech Editor. His life is consumed with a love of augmented reality, mobility, and emerging technology. He extensively covers all areas of technology, including the computing, automotive, and healthcare sectors.