Facebook was among the main sources of information on the Forestry Act protests

The social network Facebook was among the main sources of information on the recent protests against the amendments to Bulgaria’s Forestry Act.

This is one of the findings of a recent study of the Institute for social studies and marketing, quoted by the Darik national radio.

According to the study, 7% of those polled followed the story mainly through Facebook, where the internet media as a whole were preferred by 22% of the respondents. 91% were watching TV, 17% read traditional newspapers and 5% followed the story on the radio.

The poll was carried out between July 5 and 10 among 502 residents of Sofia and the other major cities, over 14 years of age. A hundred journalists from Sofia and regional media were also polled.

A total of 47% of the respondents said they followed the protests with great interest and 65% said they supported them.

According to the director of the institute Mira Radeva, the fact that the internet was the main source of information is a major shift: “Facebook is not even a medium, but a social network”, Radeva said, quoted by Darik. “Yet here it is – being nearly as important as influential media outlets like the televisions.”



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