Fall in news consumption on social networks | News

UK – According to Ofcom’s latest annual news consumption survey, fewer people say they follow the news via social media.

The proportion of people saying they use social media to access news has risen from 49% in 2019 to 45% this year, according to the study.

The research involved 2,066 face-to-face interviews and 2,510 online interviews conducted between November 9 and December 8, 2019 and also between February 24 and March 30, 2020.

Trust in social media also fell from 38% in 2019 to 35%, according to the research, while belief in its impartiality fell from 37% to 34%. Ofcom also found that 36% of respondents believed information on social media was accurate, up from 39% last year.

People who get their news on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are also less likely to share or retweet articles or videos than they were in 2019.

Television remains the most popular platform for accessing information and is used by 75% of respondents.

Internet is the second most popular news platform (65%), followed by radio (42%). Print newspapers were read by 35% of people, but when combined with newspaper websites and apps, overall usage jumped to 47%.

BBC One was the most popular news source, used by 56% of people, although use of BBC channels fell from 85% to 83%. ITV (41%) and Facebook (34%) were the second and third largest news sources.

The study found that 6% of respondents used podcasts to listen to the news, with YouTube being the most popular platform.