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US social media users sticking with services: survey

AFP  |  San Francisco 

US adults appear to be sticking with Facebook, and other despite controversies over and misinformation, according to a study released by the

A month-long survey taken early this year found that the portion of US adults who said they use various services was essentially unchanged from a year earlier, Pew said in a release on Wednesday.

The results come in spite of "a long stretch of controversies over privacy, fake and censorship on social media," Pew researchers and said.

The percentages of people who said they used Facebook, Pinterest, or were "largely the same," with showing an uptick in its portion of users, according to the survey.

remained the most widely used website, with approximately seven out of every 10 adults saying they used the service.

"users as a whole are just as active on the site today as they were a year ago," Anderson and Perrin said.

YouTube was the only other with similar reach. The survey showed 73 per cent of people said they used the Google-owned video sharing service.

The survey indicated 28 per cent of the respondents used Pinterest; 27 per cent used career-oriented LinkedIn; 24 per cent used Snapchat; 22 per cent used Twitter, and 20 per cent used

Meanwhile, 37 per cent of those in the survey said they used and showed strong followings among young adults, while women were three times as likely as men to use Pinterest, according to the study.

A Pew report released in September of last year indicated that a large number of Americans were stepping back from in the wake of scandals over the social network's handling of private user data.

That Pew report found 42 per cent of US Facebook users said they had "taken a break" from the platform in the previous 12 months, and 26 per cent said they had deleted app from their phone.

But Facebook remains the world's largest with more than two billion users.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 06:55 IST