Courthouse News reports:
Just over one-fourth of American adults are turning to YouTube to get their news from both big media organizations and independent producers, according to a Pew Research Center study released Monday.
Researchers surveyed over 12,600 U.S. adults in January after analyzing 377 popular news-producing YouTube channels. They found that 26% of all respondents said they get news on the Google-owned video-sharing platform. Of those people, 72% said YouTube is an important way for them to access information on current events.
The study released Monday also found independent channels are more likely to discuss conspiracy theories on topics such as QAnon, the deep state and opposition to vaccines, with 21% of those channels at least mentioning the conspiracy theories and 14% being primarily focused on them.