Only 8% of US adults use Twitter for news
More people use Facebook to keep up to date with news than they do Twitter or YouTube. According to a new study from Pew Research, 30 per cent of American adults who use Facebook do so to keep up to date with news. However, only eight per cent of the overall user base on Twitter use it for news. The figure for YouTube was a fraction higher, with 10 per cent of those on the platform using it to get news. In Pew’s wider ‘State of News Media 2014’ report it also looked at how news is shared on social networks. It found that 50 per cent of social network users share or repost news stories, images or videos while nearly as many (46 per cent) discuss news issues or events on social network sites. As the role of citizen journalism becomes ever more important for news organisations, Pew found that around one-in-ten social network users have posted news videos they took themselves and 11 per cent of all online news consumers have submitted their own content (including videos, photos, articles or opinion pieces) to news websites or blogs. The full ‘State of the News Media 2014’ report from Pew Research can be found here.