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Study: More People Getting News From WhatsApp Than Facebook

Posted On: Jun 14, 2018   |   Posted By: Android Headlines

A study done by Oxford University's Reuters Institute has found that the number of people getting their news from Facebook has declined around six-percent, globally since 2016, and many are getting it from private messaging apps like WhatsApp. The study found also found that from 2017 to 2018, the use of Facebook for finding news dropped around nine-percent, which could also be due to the fact that Facebook's big Cambridge Analytica scandal happened in early 2018. This is a big deal, and a bit surprising, but for Facebook it's still a good thing, since WhatsApp is still owned by Facebook. This study polled around 74,000 people from 37 markets to collect data. So it's far from being complete, as far as finding out where everyone is getting their news, but it does show a big drop for Facebook and a gain for WhatsApp.
Facebook has been in the news itself, a lot lately, since the 2016 Presidential election. After the election, it was made public that a number of Russian bots had created Facebook pages and were...

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