Poll: Americans Think Facebook Is A News Outlet

More and more Americans think the social media giant is an actual news outlet. A Pew Research Center survey released yesterday suggests as many as 10% of people questioned think Facebook produces the news stories it carries.

Facebook doesn't produce any of the stories its one-point-eight billion users can see on the site. But it's high on the list of companies people named when Pew asked them to recall the source of a news story. The Pew study says 14% of people surveyed named CNN, 12% named Fox News, and 10% named Facebook. That's higher than the "New York Times," "Washington Post," CBS, MSNBC, and ESPN.

The most popular way of getting the news online is direct to the news site and social media. They are nearly tied. Source: Pew Research Center

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