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Facebook Likely to Turn Key News Source

Facebook is growing to be a key resource of news for users of the enormous social network, even if people find out articles mostly by happenstance, a study showed. The study by the Pew Research Center, in association with the Knight Foundation, found 64% of US adults use Facebook, and just about half of those get some news from the service. That amounts to 30% of the in general US population who are "Facebook news consumers," Pew said. But the study found 78% of this group finds news mostly when they are on Facebook for other reasons, such as checking on friends or sharing photos. "People go to Facebook to share individual moments and they find out the news almost incidentally," said Amy Mitchell, Pew Research Center's director of journalism research. "The opportune nature of news on Facebook may really boost its meaning as a source of news and information, particularly among those who do not follow the news intimately." Most heavy news consumers do not explain Facebook as their main source of information on up to date affairs: Some 38% of Facebook news patrons who say they tag along the news "all" or "most of the time" illustrate the social network as a significant way they get news. But that number goes up to 47% among those who speak they follow news just "some of the time" or less. The researchers also originate that Facebook users are also consuming news on additional platforms. Some 42% of Facebook news consumers habitually watch local television news, compared with 46% of all US adults. But just 21% often study print newspapers, compared with 27% of the population overall, Pew found. The researchers discussed 5,173 US adults including 3,268 Facebook users from August 21 to September 2, 2013.

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