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Young people are ditching Facebook for news and using WhatsApp instead

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Young people are ditching the Facebook app as a source of their news, a new study has found.
Instead, they’re turning to messaging apps like WhatsApp — which is also owned by Facebook.
The study was conducted prior to changes Facebook made to its algorithm to favour user posts, which means news consumption may have declined even more since then.

The use of social media networks such as Facebook to consume news has started to fall in the United States as many young people turn toward messaging apps such as Facebook-owned WhatsApp to discuss events, the Reuters Institute found.

Usage of Facebook, the world’s largest social network, for news is down 9 percentage points from 2017 in the United States and down 20 points for younger audiences, according to the Reuters Institute survey of 74,000 people in 37 markets.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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