Two-thirds (67%) of Americans said that they get at least some of their news on social media – with 2 in 10 doing so often. Older Americans increased their use of social media as a source of news till it reached 55% in 2017 after 45% in 2017. Those who aged under 50, remained more likely than their elders to get news from these sites with 78% unchanged from 2016.
Furthermore, nonwhites are now more likely than whites to get news on social media (74% vs. 64%). Social media usage for news also increased among those with less than a bachelor’s degree (69% vs. 63%).