HAVE WE GIVEN UP?

Facebook is still a hugely popular news source in the US, even though users expect the news to be fake

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Americans are using Facebook to get their news just as much as they did last year, despite Facebook’s own efforts to de-prioritize news content, and despite the intensifying conversation surrounding misinformation on the platform.

Citing convenience more than anything else, the majority of Americans get news from social media (68%), even though 57% of them also expect it to be largely inaccurate, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.

Forty-three percent of Americans get at least some of their news from Facebook, with the second-most popular social media platform for news being YouTube, where falsehoods are a particularly pernicious presence.

Facebook is trying many solutions to fight the scourge that is misinformation, including working with external fact-checkers. But recent data shows that that battle is far from over, and sketchy sources are thriving on the platform, just as they had in the past.