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Social Media Platforms Are Done With News, But Gen Z Still Treats Them as a Go-To Source

Author: Laura Bliss and Minh-Anh Nguyen Source: Bloomberg
February 10, 2024 at 06:39
Dylan PagePhoto: Getty Images
Dylan PagePhoto: Getty Images

Data analysis reveals growing trust in information found on social media among young people, even as tech companies roll back moderation.

In democracies, big election years such as this provide ­convenient moments to assess the health of the Fourth Estate. News flash: Much of the industry is in upheaval. As public trust and consumption of mainstream outlets decline, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube have become the new juggernauts.

Young people in particular are tuning in to influencers and peers for current affairs. Creators Dylan Page, aka News Daddy, and V Spehar, of UnderTheDeskNews, draw 10.4 million and 3 million followers on TikTok, respectively. The New York Times: 595,600.

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