Middle Eastern Internet Users & Using Social Media for News, 2017 Trends

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Twitter Is the First Choice for 77% of Internet Users in Middle East to Get & Share News, 2017 | Northwestern University in Qatar

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There is a rate of 66% of all nationals in the Middle East are getting news and information on social media every day according to a survey conducted by Northwestern University in Qatar.

Generally, Twitter is used more than any other platform to get and share news in the Middle East – the 6 countries surveyed -, followed by Facebook with rates of 77% and 71% respectively. Both YouTube and Google Chat/Hangouts ranked in the third level with a rate of 56% for both of them, while both WhatsApp and Instagram lagged behind with a rate of 46% for both of them too.

It worth to be mentioned that, the vast majority of all Twitter users use the service for news regardless of their age: 72% for who aged 18-24 years old, 78% for 25-34 years old, 83% for 35-44 years old and 81% for 45+ years old.

On another side, Facebook is the top social media platform for getting news in Lebanon (54%), Jordan (41%), UAE (40%) and Tunisia (39%).

Twitter Is the First Choice for 77% of Internet Users in Middle East to Get & Share News, 2017 | Northwestern University in Qatar

Graph Shows the Most Used Social Media Platforms for Getting and Sharing News in 2017

Northwestern University in Qatar

Education

Founded in 2008 in partnership with Qatar Foundation, Northwestern University in Qatar draws from its parent organization, Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, USA). NU-Q is one of the top 20 universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the 11th in the United States by US News & World Report.NU-Q provides a framework through which students explore the world to shape their future and provides excellent preparation for a career anywhere in the world.
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