If you want to know what’s happening around the world, Facebook is one place you could go. However, if you are looking for credible news, you might want to look elsewhere. Recently, Facebook launched a feature that allows you know if news seen on the site is true or not. However, it looks like the social media platform has been overtaken as a credible news source by WhatsApp. According to a study performed by the Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism, WhatsApp is seen as a more reliable news source.
Facebook is still one of the most popular platforms for people to know what happens around them. However, it looks like the number of people depending on the platform for news has dropped. The study done by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism involved a total of 71,805 people from 36 countries. It was found that in more than half of these 36 markets, the overall percentage of people relying on Facebook as a source of news has declined significantly.
The study revealed that 47% of respondents use social media to keep abreast of current developments, whether locally or internationally. But then, the percentage of people that look to WhatsApp as a trusted news source is just 15%. However, when you break down the analysis according to the countries, the figures are different. About 51 percent of people in Malaysia rely on WhatsApp for their news, as do people in Brazil (46 percent) and Chile (39 percent).
This drop in numbers for Facebook could be due to a number of reasons. Also, these numbers seem to have declined across various other platforms like print media. One factor that influences this is the person’s age and where they prefer to get their news from. But overall, the number of individuals relying on print media like newspapers and so on has reduced throughout all age groups. Most of these people have moved on to either online sites or TV. Also, the spread of fake news on Facebook most likely contributed to the drop in Facebook’s numbers.