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33% of U.S. TikTok users say they regularly get their news on the app, up from 22% in 2020  

By Editor - Tue Sep 20, 2:02 pm

Earlier this summer, a Google exec admitted that TikTok was eating into its core Search business , particularly among younger users. But that’s not all TikTok is now being used for, a new Pew Research Center study indicates. According to the findings from a report that examined Americans’ use of social media for news consumption, 33% of TikTok users now say they regularly get their news on the social video app, up from just 22% in 2020. Meanwhile, nearly every other social media site saw declines across that same metric — including, in particular, Facebook, where now only 44% of its users report regularly getting their news there, down from 54% just two years ago. Image Credits: Pew Research This data suggests TikTok has grown from being just an entertainment platform for lip syncs, dances, and comedy to one that many of its users turn to in order to learn about what’s happening in their world. That may raise concerns, given TikTok’s connections to China — a topic it was recently pressed to clarify in a Senate hearing focused on national security . The hearing had followed the release of a BuzzFeed News report that had discovered how China-based ByteDance employees had been regularly accessing TikTok’s U.S.

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33% of U.S. TikTok users say they regularly get their news on the app, up from 22% in 2020

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