TikTok is the fastest growing source of news for adults in the UK, survey finds

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A survey of news consumption habits has found that TikTok is the fastest growing news source among adults in the UK. According to a report from UK regulator Ofcom, the app is currently used by 7 percent of UK adults as a news source, compared to 1 percent in 2020.

The survey is more evidence of TikTok’s massive and growing presence in the digital world, and illustrates how the app is quickly becoming a go-to source for information as well as entertainment. In the US, for example, it was recently estimated that 40 percent of Gen Z (individuals born 1997 to 2012) use either TikTok or Instagram for everyday searches to find things like where to eat, instead of previous favorites like Google Search and Maps.

Although TikTok has risen fast…

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