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Facebook is the social network for news

It’s growing faster than Twitter as a news distributor.

A crowd of people sitting on the floor, all looking at their cellphones George Frey / Getty Images

Most people in the U.S. read news from their phones and of those on Facebook, more than two-thirds use it for news, according to new data from Pew Research.

The rest of the report painted a fairly bleak picture of the state of news media today:

  • Young people read less news than old people. Those who do read news get that news online much more frequently than old people who also read news.
  • More people get news from their phones than they used to — 72 percent of American adults in 2016 versus 54 percent in 2013.
  • The majority of Americans — roughly 75 percent — think news organizations are biased.
  • Facebook is still the dominant social platform when it comes to news consumption.

This last point is interesting, of course, given it was just a week ago that Facebook tweaked its News Feed algorithm with the intention of showing you less news, at least directly from the media companies themselves.

Still, you can’t shy away from the fact that Facebook’s power as a news distributor has grown dramatically in recent years. Pew found that 66 percent of Facebook users get “news or news headlines” from the social network in 2016, up from 47 percent in late 2013 (see chart below) and passing Twitter.

The percentage of Twitter users that get news there has also grown since 2013, moving to 59 percent from 52 percent. But in a separate study in 2015, it was 63 percent, suggesting it has declined slightly in the past year.

Here’s the full study at the Pew Research Center.

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