Facebook may minimize the importance of news on its site, but it wins over other social media networks when it comes to news consumption.
Of all Americans, 19% consume news on social sites, 31% do so sometimes, 19% rarely and 31% never, according to Social Media and News Fact Sheet, a report by Pew Research Center.
Last year, 17% said they often access news in social media, while 33% say sometimes, 20% rarely and 29% never.
The consumption numbers are down from the pandemic year 2020, when 23% said they often consumer news on social networks.
Americans regularly get news on these sites:
Among Facebook users, 31% have some college, 29% college+ and 39% have high school or less.
But those with college+ are more likely than high school-level individuals to patronize X (Twitter)—by 44% to 28%.
Of the sites studied Facebook has seen a falloff in users who regularly get news there, from 54% in 2020 to 43% in 2023.
In contrast, TikTok has seen a jump of 22% to 43% in that period. Instagram has gone from 28% to 34. X (Twitter) has fallen from 59% to 53%. Twitch has gone from 11% to 17%.
Meanwhile, 56% often get news from digital devices, up from 49% in 2022. And 30% get news from television, 15% from radio and 10% from print. These percentages are consistent with last year’s.
This analysis is based on a survey of 8,842 panelists.