Social networks

It is evident that the current digital media reality offers contents that may or may not merit the designation of “media content”, regarding their unstructured nature and original publishing in blogs or social networks. Often, it is not even possible to confirm whether or not a particular digital service is a true media (regardless of its entertainment or information purposes), which makes media literacy and education essential. 

This is particularly important once the studies on the Portuguese reality point to the major role that social networks have assumed with regard to the circulation and consumption of news. Beside being one of the main means of accessing news after televised news programmes, social networks are acknowledged as major news access platforms. Facebook is the most popular social network for accessing news in Portugal, followed by Youtube, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter.