People are switching from Facebook to WhatsApp (and other instant messengers) for news
With all the hot water Facebook has been in for the role of news on its platform, it looks like the social media giant is getting what it wanted.
A new study from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that the use of Facebook for news has declined. Instead, people are turning to messaging apps — most notably WhatsApp — to receive and share news.
The study's data come from surveys conducted by YouGov of representative sample populations in countries around the world.
Taking the place of news blasted out to entire social networks is one-to-one sharing or group messaging. News reading and sharing on WhatsApp in particular increased 4 percent from 2016 to 2018.
Of course Facebook also owns WhatsApp, but it is more about how news is received on any instant messenger app, than who actually owns it.
|People are switching from Facebook to WhatsApp for news
LMAO but Facebook still owns WhatsApp anyway!