Report: Facebook Is No Longer King Of Social Media

Joseph Lafave Contributor
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Facebook is no longer the “King of Social Media,” according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

According to the study released Thursday, only 51 percent of teenagers reported using Facebook in 2018. In 2014-2015, the percentage was over 70.

For the first time, three other platforms are now used by a majority of teenagers, a title that was previously only held by Facebook. YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram are all now used by “sizable majorities” of teenagers 13-17.

YouTube took the number one spot, with 85 percent of respondents reporting that they use the website and app. Instagram took the number two position with 72 percent, and Snapchat came in right behind it at 69 percent.

The survey also examined demographical and economic information of social media users and found that teenagers living in low-income families are more than five times more likely to say Facebook is their primary social media platform compared to teenagers from higher income families.

Facebook’s slide in popularity comes as the company continues to stay in the news regarding privacy concerns and accusations that the company intentionally suppresses conservative views.

To add insult to injury, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been verbally sparring with rival Evan Spiegel from Snapchat, after Facebook was accused of “copying ideas” from its competitor.