Many Americans find value in getting news on social media, but concerns about inaccuracy have risen


Social media plays a crucial role in Americans’ news consumption. Half of all U.S. adults say they at least sometimes get news there, according to a 2023 Pew Research Center survey.

Those who get news on social media name a variety of things that they like about it, including convenience, speed and the element of social interaction. But some social media news consumers also express concerns about news there being inaccurate, low quality and politically biased. The share who say inaccuracy is the aspect they dislike most has increased from 31% to 40% in the past five years.

These findings come from a broader Center survey of U.S. adults’ news habits. The survey asked Americans who get news on social media to describe — in their own words — the things they like and dislike most about getting news there. Their responses were then sorted into categories.

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