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Social Media's Rise as a Source for News
By: Jessica Cherok
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Soon there won't be a reason to leave social media at all. Well, not really, but according to a new Pew Research Center report, over half of Facebook and Twitter users stay current on news from these sites.

The study found that 63% of Facebook and Twitter users are now using the sites as their primary source for news and events. The number relying on social media for news has increased dramatically, nearly 10% higher since 2013.

But the rise isn't simply related to these sites having a larger user base. According to the report, the increase is coming from existing users. Meaning, more and more people are coming to recognize these social media platforms as viable places to find information about current news and events.

Both sites have been focusing content to include more news. Facebook recently launched its Instant Articles feature, allowing content to be published within the Facebook platform to cut down on delay in loading articles. Other social media sites, like Instagram and Snapchat, are also beginning to highlight news content in their feeds.

The type of engagement varies depending on which site. With Twitter, users are more likely to follow news organizations, while Facebook users more commonly post and share links to content.

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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