Article from the BBC looks at the rise of WhatsApp and other messaging apps as they are increasingly used by people as a source of news.
"According to the report, WhatsApp is now the second most popular social service for news in nine of the 36 locations, and the third most popular platform in a further five countries." Leo Kelion, Technology Desk Editor, BBC News
Lead Author Nic Newman has written a short feature on the report for Future Media Lab. Take a look at the key charts in the article below.
"In the era of fake news it is striking that only a quarter (24%) of survey respondents think social media does a good job in separating fact from fiction, compared to 40% for the news media. In countries like the US (20%/38%), and the UK (18%/41%), people are twice as likely to have faith in the news media. Only in Greece do more people think social media is doing a better job, primarily because they have very low confidence in news media (28%/19%)." Nic Newman for Future Media Lab
Article in the Financial Times (paywall) looks at people's trust in old and new media, with traditional outlets coming out on top of social media platforms.
"The study also found encouraging signs that more people are prepared to pay for online news, driven by a tumultuous series of events, including Donald Trump’s presidential triumph, the UK’s vote for Brexit and a series of terror attacks in European cities. The findings come as social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube come under growing pressure from politicians to tackle “fake news” and crack down on extremist content online." David Bond, Media Correspondent, Financial Times
This article focuses on research that suggests people are more likely to trust news from legacy media rather than social media.
Belinda Goldsmith writes a summary of the key findings from the Digital News Report for Reuters Agency. Includes comment from Nic Newman on the role of social media.
"Newman said social networks were not going away, even though users are moving more to messaging apps for news, frustrated by the level of debate on networks such as Facebook and Twitter. 'It is very popular to criticise social media but it is very good for incidental news and especially in countries where the media is controlled by the government' he said." Belinda Goldsmith, Reuters