Key findings

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Social media and messaging

The use of social media for news has started to fall in a number of key markets – after years of continuous growth. Facebook is down 9 percentage points in the US while use of alternative platforms like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Snapchat are increasing

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Paying for news

Nordic countries have seen significant increases in the numbers paying for online with Norway reaching 30%(+4), Sweden 26% (+6) and Finland 18% (+4). Last year’s significant increase in digital subscriptions in the United States (the so-called Trump Bump) has been maintained, while donations and donation-based memberships are growing in popularity.

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Misinformation unpacked

Over half of those polled (54%) say they are very or extremely concerned about what is real and ‘fake’ on the internet. This is highest in countries like Brazil (85%), Spain (69%), and the United States (64%) where polarised political situations combine with high social media use.

Read analysis on misinformation across countries

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Comment & analysis

The Impact of Greater News Literacy

Discussions over misinformation, disinformation, and ‘fake news’ have reignited interest in news literacy. Richard Fletcher asks how this could help improve trust and reduce confusion.

Which Brands do we Trust and Why?

With Facebook looking to incorporate survey-driven brand trust scores into its algorithms, Antonis Kalogeropoulos explores the possible winners and losers

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The Reuters Institute Digital News Report aims to deliver useful and timely data about the transition to digital. Read more about our annual survey ...

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Resources

You can view or download a Powerpoint presentation of all of the charts and tables in the 2018 report.

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