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Half of U.S. Adult Twitter Users Consume News on the Platform

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(Reuters) – About half of all adult Twitter users in the United States said they get news through the social media platform, mainly on mobile devices, according to a new survey.

The report by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation was released on Monday. The results are based on a the survey of more than 5,000 U.S. adults including Twitter and Facebook users.

Twitter users who consume news on the platform – defined as information about events and issues that involve more than just family or friends – represent only 8 percent of the U.S. adult population.

Almost half of all U.S. adults on Facebook use the social media platform founded by Mark Zuckerberg to consume news as well, according to a study from the Pew Research Center released two weeks ago. But that group represent nearly one-third of all U.S. adults.

Twitter has about 200 million users worldwide, while Facebook has 1 billion.

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