More Americans Are Getting Their News on Facebook, Twitter

TIME

Facebook and Twitter are increasingly being used as sources of news, according to a report from the Pew Research Center.

The research found that 63% of Twitter and Facebook users now use the social media sites as news sources, up from around 50% in 2013 (the most recent data were collected in March 2015).

Twitter and Facebook have both invested in the news aspects of their operations recently. Twitter has debuted the live video-streaming app Periscope that was quickly picked up and used by journalists, and Facebook has introduced a “Trending Now” sidebar that shows users what’s being discussed most and lets them sort posts by popular topics. Plus, Twitter is on the cusp of introducing Project Lightning, a new initiative that will curate news around live events, including breaking news.

The Pew report found that Twitter’s users follow breaking news on the site at almost double the…

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