The popularity of social media platforms as a source of news has been rapidly increasing in recent years, with websites like Facebook and Twitter often the channels that people discover breaking news through. The popularity of traditional news channels such as TV and newspapers is falling as the popularity of social media rises and this has meant that social media is now the third most used source for news.
As the infographic below shows, several breaking news stories have been discovered by the majority of people through their Facebook, Twitter or Google+ account and this trend is likely to continue.
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