Instagram, TikTok and YouTube are now the most popular news sources…for teens, at least

Instagram, TikTok and YouTube are now the most popular news sources…for teens, at least

British teenagers are turning their backs on traditional news sources such as terrestrial television and, specifically, the BBC. Instead, they turn to Instagram , TikTok, and YouTube for regular updates.

A new Ofcom report reveals that all three online services have overtaken BBC One and Two as the age group’s most popular destinations for news coverage.

But television isn’t the only casualty in the rise in popularity of social video apps among teens, as fewer use Facebook for news as well.

In fact, UK adults are also turning away from Facebook when it comes to their usual local and mundane updates. While 34% cited the social network as their main resource in 2018, only 22% say they trust it now.

In recent years, Facebook has been accused of facilitating “fake news” and unreliable sources, which could contribute to this. However, it could also be due to the focus of news broadcasters as they put more effort into serving audiences on TikTok and the like.

Ofcom found that a quarter of TikTok users who get their news from the platform do so from accounts from the BBC, Sky News and other traditional providers.

Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.