(Social Media Today, Reuters Institute)
There are several pros and cons of using social media for news.
Social media is available to people worldwide, thus ensuring users everywhere can access the latest information as soon as it’s posted. It has also given rise to social journalism, which involves regular users posting breaking stories before the mainstream media picks them up.
When discussing the positive aspects of using social media for news, the best examples include public figures sharing personal announcements with their followers rather than the press. For instance, Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their 2010 engagement on Twitter, which is where the mainstream media first got the news. Three years later, they used the British Monarchy’s official Facebook page to announce the arrival of their firstborn, Prince George.
Despite the many advantages of using social media for news, there is one significant downside — the distribution of fake news. Research shows that 56% of people worldwide believe social media makes the spread of falsified information and conspiracy theories much easier than before.