Washington: 8 percent of Americans get their news on microblogging site Twitter, a new study has revealed.
According to the Pew Research, half of the 16 percent of US adults who use Twitter get their news on the social network, compared to 30 percent of American who get their news on rival Facebook.
The study revealed that on Twitter, 85 percent of users read the news on mobile devices 'at least sometimes', than 64 percent of Facebook users, Mashable reports.
The research center had last week revealed that 30 percent of Americans get news on Facebook, and majority of them aren't on the site for that purpose, but happen to come across news.
The report said that Twitter news consumers are also younger and more educated than their Facebook counterparts as 45 percent of Twitter users are between the ages of 18 and 29, compared to Facebook's 34 percent in the same age group, and only 2 percent are 65 years or older compared to 7 percent on Facebook .
The study is based on a survey of 5,000 US adults and analysis of Twitter conversations around news events over the past two years.
First Published: Tuesday, November 05, 2013, 19:15