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Where are people finding the news? Pew Research reports

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Pew Research Center has come out with its newest survey, reporting that 62 percent of US adults are getting their news on social media.

After surveying 4,654 members of Pew s American Trends Panel, it was found that 70 percent of reddit users access news from the social sharing network, 66 percent of Facebook users get news on the social network and 59 percent of Twitter users are finding the news on the microblogging platform.

In terms of general exposure, it appears that Facebook is where most of the news is being discovered, and news is typically being found on only one social network, with 64 percent reporting they find their news in a single location.

What is most interesting, however, is how in 2013, when Pew last released a report on social media news consumption, Facebook, even with its controversial but highly visible Trending Topics, is not at the top; it s in second place behind reddit, which many would argue is not really a news-breaking site.

In the three years since the last survey data was released, there s been little to no traction.

Perhaps content isn t being shared nearly as fast as it should.

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