Due to the popularity of digital devices such as the ipad, smart phone and computer, users can be easily access information without being limited by geography or time. The number of users of social media is enormous, for example, there are 1.7 billion users of Facebook, 1 billion users of Whatsapp, and 1 billion users of Facebook Messenger. These accounts can be frequently checked on digital devices, a practice particularly common among teenagers. As a result, news spreads on social media much more quickly than traditional media.
The ability to immediatly express opinions and share articles among the public is one of the innovations of the news in the social media environment. The Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford is a typical example. Before social media users widely and fiercely discussed this incident, the news coverage was minimal. After a month, the online coverage of this event had gone viral.
One of the most controversial uses of social media recently is its usage by president Donald Trump, who expresses his political viewpoints and personal feelings on Twitter. For example, on 5th February 2017, Donald Trump tweeted “The opinion of this so called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!”. Some people believe that this is a irresponsible method of communicating, while others think that it is just a new way to communicate to the public. Whether or not those opinions are right, social media has had a huge influence on the development of news and journalism.
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