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SALT LAKE CITY — In recent years, more Americans have shifted their news consumption from traditional media — like TV, radio and newspapers — to digital platforms like Facebook and Instagram. How do platforms like social media sites affect your vote?
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in April more than 3 billion people used Facebook, Messenger, Instagram or WhatsApp in a single month.
With many Americans receiving live news updates from their social media sites, these platforms are becoming increasingly powerful political tools. As a result, political ads spending on digital media in 2020 has now topped $2.8 billion.
Overall, 72% of U.S. adults say social media companies have too much power and influence in politics today, according to a June 16-22 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.
Also, 90% of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP say it’s at least somewhat likely that social media platforms censor political viewpoints they find objectionable. That’s a slight increase from 85% in 2018, according to the Center.
Conservatives rule Facebook
Conservative political commentator and media host Ben Shapiro, 36, has more than 3.2 million Twitter followers and more than 7.5 million Facebook followers. At age 17, he became the youngest nationally-syndicated columnist in the United States.
The Daily Wire, which …
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