A majority believes that social media has too much control over the news

by Magnus Enderstein — 28/11/2019

The American research institute Pew Research Center has investigated how the American people use and perceive social media as news carriers.

A majority of Americans believe that social media has too much control over the news flow and that the role social media companies play in delivering news results in a poorer mix of news for users.

At the same time, social media is now an increasingly important part of news consumption. The share that receives news from social media is almost three in ten of the adult population.

Furthermore, the survey shows that about eight out of ten say that social media companies treat certain news organizations differently than others.

Among the adult Americans who say that social media companies treat certain news organizations differently than others, there is a broad perception that they favor three types of news organizations:

  1. those who produce sensational news (attention-grabbing) (88%)
  2. those with a large number of followers on social media (84%)
  3. those whose coverage has a certain political attitude (79%)