Instagram, TikTok and YouTube top news sources for UK teens

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Instagram, TikTok and YouTube top news sources for UK teens

For the first time ever, Instagram (29%) topped news sources among 12 to 15 year olds.

Teenagers get their news mostly from social networks, according to a British study.< /p>

Official media is overtaken by social networks Instagram and TikTok, as well as the video platform YouTube, which represent the three main sources of information for teenagers in the UK. The figures come from a study by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), the British body that regulates the media, published Thursday.

For the first time, Instagram (29% ) topped news sources among 12-15 year olds, ahead of TikTok and YouTube tied at 28%, according to Ofcom.

The BBC One and BBC Two channels, the main sources of information for young people until five years ago, are relegated to fifth place. Data shows that 24% of young people get news from these channels, up from 45% previously. Facebook comes next, with 22%, ahead of Sky News, with 19%.

Among those over 16, the appeal of generalist and news channels is lower to that which prevailed before the pandemic, reflecting a long-term decline of traditional television channels.

Teenagers are less and less likely to grab a newspaper or watch the news on TV, preferring instead to stay up to date by browsing their social networks, said Yih-Choung Teh, director of strategy and research at the #x27;Ofcom.

And if young people find information on social networks less reliable, they are still their preference, because they offer a range of opinions on hot topics of the day, he continued.

While popular with young people, TikTok is deemed reliable for news by only 30% of them. age group.

For adults, 71% of respondents believe that television is the most trusted medium and social media the least trusted medium ( 35% trust them).

Use of the press, both online and print, stands at 38% among adults, a decline from rt to 2020 (47%) and 2018 (51%).

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