Instagram is now the most popular news source for teens
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(Pocket-lint) – Britain’s teenagers are turning their backs on traditional news sources, like terrestrial television and, more specifically, the BBC. Instead, they turn to Instagram, TikTok and YouTube for regular updates.
A new report from Ofcom reveals that these three online services have overtaken BBC channels one and two as the most popular destinations in this age group for news coverage.
But television isn’t the only victim of the rise of social video apps among teens, fewer of whom are using Facebook for news.
In fact, UK adults are also turning away from Facebook when it comes to their regular updates on local and verbal news. While 34% of them cited the social network as their main source of information in 2018, only 22% say they trust it today.
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In recent years, Facebook has been accused of favoring “fake news” and unreliable sources, which could contribute to this. But it could also be because news outlets are focusing more on audiences on TikTok and other similar sites.
Ofcom found that a quarter of TikTok users who get their information on the platform do so from accounts from the BBC, Sky News and other traditional providers.
Written by Rik Henderson.