24th February 12:41 AM
A study shows fewer people now use Facebook for news
By Semi Turaga
Thursday 14/06/2018

A study has suggested fewer people are using Facebook to discover and discuss news, as messaging apps such as WhatsApp gain in popularity.

The seventh annual Digital News Report said the fall in users accessing news on Facebook reflected concerns about privacy and the toxic nature of debate.

Changes to Facebook's algorithms, which had de‑prioritised news in people's feeds, had also played a part.

The report sought to explore how people accessed news around the world.

The research, by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, at the University of Oxford, was based on a YouGov online survey of 74,000 people in 37 countries.

It suggested young audiences were more likely to use WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat for news, partly because there was a growing desire to discuss news in relative privacy.

[Source:BBC News]

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