News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017

News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017

More than halfway through 2017, two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans are getting at least some of their news via social media, up from 62 percent in 2016, a report from the Pew Research Center finds. Based on a survey of nearly five thousand U.S. adults, the report, News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017 (17 pages, PDF), found that 55 percent of respondents age 50 or older reported getting news from social media platforms, up from 45 percent last year, while the share of those ages 18 to 49 who do so remained unchanged at 78 percent. The survey also found that 74 percent of people of color used social media to get news, up from 64 percent in 2016, compared with 64 percent of whites, up slightly from 63 percent, and that the share among respondents without a college degree rose to 69 percent from 60 percent, while among college graduates it fell to 63 percent from 68 percent. Twitter was the most popular social media site for news (74 percent, up from 59 percent in 2016), followed by Facebook (68 percent), Tumblr (39 percent), and YouTube (32 percent). According to the survey, female (62 percent) and white (65 percent) respondents were more likely to get their news from Facebook, while male (62 percent) and non-white (73 percent) respondents were more likely to do so on Snapchat.