At the Pandemic’s Start, Facebook Users Shared More News Links Than Healthcare Sources

Despite several initiatives by the social network, just 1% linked to scientific organizations

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The average coronavirus-related Facebook post with a news link tallied 2,713 interactions in Pew's study. Photo Illustration: Trent Joaquin; Sources: Facebook, Getty Images

Facebook users who posted about the Covid-19 pandemic during its early stages in the U.S. linked to far more news sources than healthcare and science sites, according to new analysis from the Pew Research Center that looked at public posts made in March.

@9Number9 David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.