Jun 14, 2018

Report: Fewer people use Facebook for news

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People are relying less on Facebook for news consumption around the world and more on messaging apps, according to the 2018 Reuters Digital New Report out Thursday.

Why it matters: For years social media use, and particularly Facebook, for news was on the rise. Now, it seems to be declining as trust in social media platforms and Facebook wanes due to problems with privacy and fake news.

Key takeaways:

  • Overall, the use of Facebook for news has declined six percentage points globally from 42% to 36%, according to the study.
  • The use of messaging apps is exploding, particularly in countries like Malaysia and Turkey, where stating political views on more open networks can be dangerous, according to the report
  • Users are less likely to report getting their news from more visual apps like Instagram and Snapchat, which are used for news globally by 6% and 3% of people, respectively.

One interesting finding from the study is that people use different platforms for discovery of news versus news engagement. Many survey participants cite using Facebook or Twitter to find news stories that they can then share more privately through messaging apps.

Methodology: The survey, conducted in conjunction with YouGov, polled 74,000 people across 27 countries globally.

Go Deeper: People still use high levels of social media for news in the United States.

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Obama on George Floyd's death: "This shouldn't be 'normal'"

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Former President Obama said in a statement Friday that the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer, "shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America."

What he's saying: "[W]e have to remember that for millions of Americans being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly 'normal' — whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or watching birds in a park."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 5,851,494 — Total deaths: 362,238 — Total recoveries — 2,445,181Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 1,729,185 — Total deaths: 101,706 — Total recoveries: 399,991 — Total tested: 15,646,041Map.
  3. 2020: North Carolina asks RNC if convention will honor Trump's wish for no masks or social distancing.
  4. Public health: Hydroxychloroquine prescription fills exploded in March —How the U.S. might distribute a vaccine.
  5. Transportation: National mobility keeps rising as more states reopen economies.
  6. 🎧 Podcast: Saying goodbye to U.S. megacities.

Trump's big, empty beef with Twitter

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President Trump finally acted on his now year-old threat to take action against social media platforms for alleged bias against conservatives. But so far, according to experts in both government and the industry, the threat looks mostly empty.

Driving the news: Trump escalated his war on Twitter Friday morning, tweeting repeatedly that the company needs to be regulated after it overnight added a warning label to a tweet of his calling for the military to start shooting looters, which violated Twitter’s rules against glorifying violence.