Why Messaging Apps Matter for News Engagement

Joëlle Swart, Chris Peters, Marcel Broersma

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Dissatisfied with a lack of privacy, polarising online debates and increasing commercialisation, people are increasingly moving from open platforms like Facebook towards more private social media and messaging apps such as WhatsApp. This is not only true for their general use of these platforms but also for news consumption and sharing, as the latest Digital News Report has shown. In a recent study (see here and here for full papers), we opened up this black box of what is going on in these “dark social” media spaces.
Original languageDanish
JournalEuropean Journalism Observatory
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019

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