Despite the “fake news”, two-thirds of Americans learn about social networks

Malgré les «fake news», deux tiers des Américains s'informent sur les réseaux sociaux

NEW YORK — social networks remain a source of information for over two-thirds of internet users in the United States, but it is deemed “inaccurate” by a majority of them.

Despite the debate on the “fake news” (false information) and the use of social networks as a vehicle of propaganda, the proportion of american adults who say information via social networks has slightly increased compared to last year, from 67 to 68%, according to a study by the Pew Research Center published Monday.

Among them, the share of people saying to use “often” (20%) and “sometimes” (27%) social networks as a source of information has remained unchanged year on year.

So far, 57% of respondents indicating information on the social networks to consider this source as “largely inaccurate” and only 36% felt that “it allowed for a better understanding of the news”.

As to the reasons that motivate the users to collect information in social networks, 21% cite the practical side, a pattern which arrives at the head, followed by the opportunity to interact with other people (8%), speed (7%) and the fact that the information is up to date.

Among the social networks, Facebook happens to be very far at the top, accessed by 43% of internet users who use this means to inform, followed by YouTube (21%).

The survey was conducted online from July 30 to August 12, on a sample of 4.581 people.


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