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AP Poll: No digital divide among black, white millennials

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2011, file photo, Tyrell Coley, 21, holds his iPhone displaying his Twitter account in the Queens borough of New York. A new poll finds African American millennials are just as engaged in getting news online as their white counterparts, further debunking a long-held belief that people of color are at risk of being left behind technologically. The AP-NORC study found no evidence to suggest that African Americans and Hispanics lag behind in terms of technology use with nearly all millennials across racial and ethnic groups using a smartphone, and half using a tablet.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

FILE – In this Jan. 5, 2011, file photo, Tyrell Coley, 21, holds his iPhone displaying his Twitter account in the Queens borough of New York. A new poll finds African American millennials are just as engaged in getting news online as their white counterparts, further debunking a long-held belief that people of color are at risk of being left behind technologically. The AP-NORC study found no evidence to suggest that African Americans and Hispanics lag behind in terms of technology use with nearly all millennials across racial and ethnic groups using a smartphone, and half using a tablet. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

WASHINGTON — A new poll finds African-American millennials saying they are just as engaged in getting news online as their white counterparts, further debunking a long-held belief that people of color are at risk of being left behind technologically.

A majority of millennials, 64 percent, say they read and watch news online regularly, including 66 percent of African-Americans. The poll’s findings suggest that, despite fears that millennials may not be going to traditional sources for news, they’re getting news from social media.

The American Press Institute funded the study. Its executive director, Tom Rosenstiel, says that millennials’ similarities are much greater than the differences that people thought there would be.

Overall, 57 percent of millennials say they get news and information from Facebook at least once a day.

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