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Elon Musk’s $44 billion bid to acquire Twitter has focused new attention on the high-profile social media platform, which was founded in 2006. Today, millions of Americans use Twitter to break and comment on news, disseminate official pronouncements, organize campaigns and protests, or just let their friends know what’s on their minds.

Here are 10 facts about Americans and Twitter, based on recent Pew Research Center surveys and other studies.

1.Around one-in-five U.S. adults (23%) say they use TwitterThe share of Americans who use the platform has remained consistent over the past several years and is similar to the share who use Snapchat (25%) and WhatsApp (23%). But a much larger share of U.S. adults use YouTube (81%), Facebook (69%) and Instagram (40%).

A line graph showing that a growing share of Americans say they use YouTube; Facebook remains one of the most widely used online platforms among U.S. adults

2. Democrats are more likely than Republicans to use Twitter. Around a third of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (32%) report using Twitter, 15 percentage points more than the share of Republicans and Republican leaners who say the same (17%).

Also, U.S. adults under 30 are more likely than older Americans to use Twitter. Some 42% of adults ages 18 to 29 say they use it, compared with just 7% of those 65 and older – a difference of 35 points.

Seguir leyendo: Pew Research Center

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