Americans expect to get their news from social media, but they don’t expect it to be accurate

Lots of news on social media? Yep. Lots of accurate news on social media? Nope: That’s the mindset of the typical U.S. news consumer in 2018, according to a new Pew Research Center report on news use on social media platforms. Around two-thirds of U.S. adults say they get news from social media. (That figure is just about flat compared with 2017.) But 57 percent say they expect the news on social media to be “largely inaccurate.” (Pew interviewed 4,581 U.S. adults.) Convenience (cited by 21 percent of respondents), interacting with other people, speed, and timeliness are the top reasons that news consumers like getting the news from social media. The top-cited reason to dislike news from social: Inaccuracy. Silver lining? More respondents said accessing news on social media has helped them (36 percent) than that it has confused them (15 percent). But there
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Jeff Sessions to Meet With State AGs to Discuss Whether Social Media Companies Are ‘Stifling’ Ideas

The Department of Justice has released a statement from Jeff Sessions, saying he’s going to call on state attorneys general from around the country this month to hold a meeting with him about the impact of social media. The Sessions announcement appears to be a response to the Senate Intel Committee’s hearing today with officials from Twitter and Facebook. Much of the conversation gravitated around foreign disinformation campaigns across social media, as well as big tech’s alleged bias against right-wing viewpoints. From the DOJ’s memo:
“The Attorney General has convened a meeting with a number of state attorneys general this month to discuss a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition & intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms.”