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Social media: TikTok has overtaken X as the source of information in the US

Social media: TikTok has overtaken X as the source of information in the US

TikTok, the video app that is constantly being debated over its ban in the US, has been a major source of news for US citizens in recent years. According to a survey by the opinion research firm Pew Research Center, 14 percent of adults out there regularly stay up to date with current news. Three years ago it was three percent. TikTok It overtook Twitter, which owner Elon Musk renamed X. According to the survey, 12 percent of American adults regularly receive news content, up from 15 percent three years ago.

The most important online platform for news content America Still there is Facebook, where 30 percent of adults get information, followed by YouTube with 26 percent. These values ​​are due to the sheer size of the sites.

At the same time, news on X still has a higher priority than other online services. 53 percent of X users said they regularly use messaging on the platform. However, this is also down from 59 percent three years ago. On TikTok, the value rose from 22 to 43 percent during this time. The video app followed suit Facebook The same, there was a steep decline from 54 percent in the 2020 survey.

Pew surveyed 8,842 Americans between September 25 and October 1.

TikTok is the only successful online platform in the West that doesn’t come from the US. There are concerns, particularly in the US and Europe, that the app could be misused by Chinese authorities to collect information about users. Governments of many countries and the European Union Commission have banned the use of TikTok on work cell phones.

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TikTok has always denied all allegations and insists that it does not see itself as a subsidiary of a Chinese company. BytaDense is 60 percent owned by Western investors. The company is headquartered in the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean. Critics counter that the Chinese founders, with a 20 percent stake, maintain control because of greater voting rights, and that Pythons has a large headquarters in Beijing.

TikTok is trying to address concerns in the US and EU with local data storage and external oversight of data flows.