Friday Round-Up: Social Media Edition

Social media has featured prominently in the news this week. Here’s a round-up of stories you might have missed on the web:

According to a new Pew Research Center study, Americans who mainly get their news via social media are less engaged and less knowledgeable.

A new Pew Research Center analysis of surveys conducted between October 2019 and June 2020 finds that those who rely most on social media for political news stand apart from other news consumers in a number of ways. These U.S. adults, for instance, tend to be less likely than other news consumers to closely follow major news stories, such as the coronavirus outbreak and the 2020 presidential election. And, perhaps tied to that, this group also tends to be less knowledgeable about these topics.

The Trump administration is moving forward to regulate social media according to CNN Business–hot on the heels of asserting that Twitter’s “Trending Topics” were “illegal” and “very unfair.”

Trump is also planning to order TikTok’s owner to sell its US operations per this article at Business Insider. That sale may happen, as Microsoft is currently in talks to buy the social app as reported by

The advertiser boycott of Facebook has has no impact on its stock price according to Market Watch.

And the Twitter hack that hijacked the accounts of prominent users like Joe Biden, Elon Musk and Barack Obama to promote a bitcoin scam was attributed to two teenagers and a 22 year-old who have now been arrested per CNN Business.

Finally, this Nike ad (which may be influenced by TikTok duets) is all the rage on Twitter and Facebook. Check it out!

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