Half of UK adults now using social media for news

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Half of all UK adults now use social media to get the latest news, according to a new survey by UK regulator Ofcom, with half also getting their news from newspapers, news websites and apps.

Overall, TV remains the most used platform for news among UK adults despite a slight drop from 79 per cent to 75 per cent in the past year.

BBC One remained the most-used news source (58 per cent) followed by ITV (40 per cent) and Facebook (35 per cent).

Eight per cent of adults said Facebook was the most important source they use, again behind only BBC One (24 per cent) and ITV (11 per cent).

More people are also using Twitter (up from 14 per cent to 16 per cent), Whatsapp (10 per cent to 14 per cent) and Instagram (9 per cent to 13 per cent) for news.

ut social media was still rated lower than any of the other main news sources on trust, with just 38 per cent of those who regularly use it for news saying it is trustworthy.

Of the main social media platforms, Facebook was the least trusted by its users with 35 per cent calling it trustworthy.

This compared to a trust rating of 82 per cent for magazines, 71 per cent for TV, 67 per cent for radio, 66 per cent for print newspapers and 58 per cent for other internet sources including news websites.

 

Via The Press Gazette

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