There’s no denying that social media has become much more than a place for people to connect. We now live in a time where anyone can be a reporter, and with a click of a button, news can spread across the globe.
And due to the simple process of spreading news, sometimes credibility is on the line.
In fact, a large number of Arabs actually get their news from Social Networks such as Twitter and Facebook. But among the hundreds of accounts that report news, which ones do audience find the most credible? And how do they establish that credibility?
INDEX Media conducted a survey and asked Millennials who their go-to accounts for news were, and here are the results!
The big names
Coming in at number one, the most common answer we received was UAE Barq.
With an astonishing 1.9 million followers on Instagram alone, UAE Barq has established a reputation for being credible, and trustworthy. The account publishes news from different countries and different sectors such as sports, technology, entertainment, economy and much more.
Another common answer we received was Twitter. With over 330 million monthly active users no wonder Twitter is such a popular platform for news.
A less common but definitely present answer was blogs! Today, there are hundreds of thousands of blogs for every topic you can think of!
But are Social Media platforms really the ideal place to get news?
Although accounts such as UAE Barq have established credibility, it is very important to remember that not everything you read online is true. When searching for news, don’t rely on one source and try to do your research. A great source of reliable news are newspaper and magazines’ Social Media accounts, as most newspapers now have an online presence and websites that are updated regularly with the latest news.
Noor Al Sheikh
Social Media Executive