The 2020 Reuters Institute Digital News report found the use of Instagram for news had doubled since 2018 especially among young people between the ages 18-24. Making it inching closer to overtaking Twitter as a preferred news source, according to a new report but social media platforms were also among the least-trusted sources.
“Instagram’s become very popular with younger people”, said Nic Newman, lead author of the report. “They really respond well to stories that are told simply and well with visual images”. About 11% of people use Instagram for news, which is right behind Twitter’s 12%, according to the report’s findings.
The report suggests that Instagram will surpass Twitter over the next year. Social media platforms were also among the least-trusted sources. Just 26% of people said they trusted social media as a source of information about the virus.
A similar percentage said they trusted news that had been shared via chat apps such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Instagram features like IGTV and Instagram stories could contribute to its surge as a source for news since these features are visually interactive.
Facebook still reigns supreme when it comes to social media news sources. The report shows that 36% of people use Facebook for their news. YouTube and WhatsApp come in second and third place, with 21% and 16% of users, respectively, using those social media platforms as a news source.