Report: Facebook, Twitter have become predominant news sources

Report: Facebook, Twitter have become predominant news sources

According to a new report released by the Pew Research Center and the Knight Foundation on Wednesday, leading social networks Facebook and Twitter are emerging as increasingly preferred sources for front-page news.

Going by the statistics shared in the new report, nearly 63 percent US users of Facebook and Twitter social networking sites depend on the two sites to get their daily news fix.

The figures released in the report are noteworthy, especially against the backdrop of the fact that a similar survey carried out in 2013 had revealed that social media was considered a significant news destination only by 52 percent of Twitter users and 47 percent of Facebook users.

Highlighting the increase in the percentage of US Facebook and Twitter users who turn to the two social networks for their daily news fix, Pew said in the report that the increase is not just attributed to younger generations.

Noting that the emergence of Facebook and Twitter as prime news sources has been seen in Americans of all ages, gender, races, education levels and incomes, Pew said: "The sizeable increase in news consumption on Twitter and Facebook since 2013 corresponds with new initiatives and features both platforms have introduced to promote... media content."

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