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Instagram, TikTok and YouTube top news sources for UK teens

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For the first time, Instagram (29%) tops the list of sources of information among 12 to 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 five years ago, are relegated to fifth place. Data shows that 24% of young people get their news from these channels, up from 45% previously. Facebook comes next, with 22%, ahead of Sky News (19%).

The decline of traditional information

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

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

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And if young people find information on social networks less reliable, it is their preference, as it offers a range of opinions on the hot topics of the day.he continued.

While popular with young people, only 30% consider TikTok to be reliable for news.

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

The use of the press, online and paper, at 38% among adults, is declining compared to 2020 (47%) and 2018 (51%).

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