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This article from Social Media + Society explores the evolution of the use of social media as a news source, particularly by young consumers of the news, positing that reports of decreased consumption of the news by young people are inaccurate because they do not take into account the preference for social media reports over traditional sources. The article discusses benefits of social media reports, including immediacy and relevancy of reports, as well as the possibility of providing new insights and perspectives. However, the authors also point out various negative consequences to dependence on social media as a news source, such as frequently one-sided or biased reports, and come to the conclusion that even the users of social media may not yet regard social media reports as “real” news.

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