Why Messaging Apps Matter for News Engagement

  • Joëlle Swart
  • Chris Peters
  • Marcel Broersma

Press/Media: Press / Media

Period2 Jan 2019

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleWhy Messaging Apps Matter for News Engagement
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletEuropean Journalism Observatory
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionDissatisfied with a lack of privacy, polarising online debates and increasing commercialisation, people are increasingly moving from open platforms like Facebook towards more private social media and messaging apps such as WhatsApp. This is not only true for their general use of these platforms but also for news consumption and sharing, as the latest Digital News Report has shown. In a recent study (see here and here for full papers), we opened up this black box of what is going on in these “dark social” media spaces.
    PersonsJoëlle Swart, Chris Peters, Marcel Broersma