Social media as news source
More and more people get the latest news from Facebook and Twitter
Regardless the fact that the number of users using these sites is steady, users are much more involved in getting news from these sites than they did few years ago. The increase is by all parameters including genders, ages, races, education etc.
Of course, the news section is very important one, that is why both social networks are trying hard to get into this field. Facebook is about to launch Instant articles, and Twitter acquired Periscope. This should help them to keep the users more engaged on their websites.
Social media is not essential news source
Pew Research Center also revealed that, even though users are getting more news from social media like Facebook and Twitter, they don;t see social media as an essential news source. The percentage of users who still don’t find social media as primary news source has remained unchanged from the previous research done by Pew research Center in 2013.
The only change has been seen to younger Facebook and Twitter users who tend to see these services differently than older users of these social media networks.