Social Media


Social: In Latin America, Facebook’s user growth will accelerate strongly due to the pandemic, bringing its penetration to just over half of the population for the first time.

We predict reasonable Snapchat user growth of 6.8% in Western Europe this year, resulting in 76.2 million new users on the platform, or nearly 22% of internet users. However, this growth is up only slightly from our November 2019 prediction of 6.3%.

Facebook’s Instant Articles feature helped out top publishers this year, but that's a small bright spot for an industry that has lost ad revenue to the platform.

The coronavirus pandemic boosted social media usage around the world, as many people stayed home for weeks or months. In 2020, there will be nearly 150 million more social network users worldwide than we expected before the pandemic—more than the entire population of Russia. That will lift the total to 3.23 billion, well ahead of our predictions in November 2019 and June 2020. As a result, nearly 81% of internet users worldwide will be social network users.

In China, an estimated 889.5 million people—97.3% of all internet users—will visit social networks at least monthly in 2020.

As Twitter expands its own site with new video capabilities, it’s sunsetting its livestreaming platform Periscope.

We recapped five digital trends that will take place next year: how Big Tech will be reined in, despite not breaking up in the immediate future; why a federal privacy law will likely pass; how a retail media trio—made up of Amazon, Walmart, and Instacart—will challenge the duopoly; how advertisers will test new targeting and measurement techniques; and, how first party data will reign. Here are five other trends we think will happen in 2021.

The new ability to embed tweets in Snapchat and Instagram Stories is a win-win-win: It not only directs traffic back to Twitter, but it could help bump up engagement on the other two platforms as well.

US authorities have filed antitrust suits against Facebook, claiming that the company engaged in illegal, anticompetitive practices to establish market dominance.

TikTok’s growth in 2020 has been, in a word, extraordinary. While the pandemic helped stoke user gains for all the major social platforms, it lit a particularly large fire under TikTok.

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver, Sara M. Watson, and Nicole Perrin, along with junior analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch, discuss the latest government lawsuits against Google, Twitter's new "Spaces" audio feature, 2021 Super Bowl commercials, the reception to Apple's new privacy labels, The Walt Disney Co. throwing its weight behind streaming, what all "Friends" episodes have in common, and more.

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson, senior analyst Jasmine Enberg, and junior analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch discuss what they're paying attention to in 2021, and why: the rise of social entertainment, WhatsApp's next move, and stalling social commerce.

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver, Sara M. Watson, and Debra Aho Williamson, junior analyst Blake Droesch, and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss whether the FTC will break up Facebook, a new Discovery+ streaming service, whether Facebook ads are reaching saturation, how customer service changed in 2020, the FTC wanting Big Tech to explain what they do with data, what most people dream about, and more.

eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and principal analysts at Insider Intelligence Jeremy Goldman, Andrew Lipsman, and Nicole Perrin discuss some very specific predictions for 2021: new leadership at Facebook, Amazon shops for a TV network and movie theaters, streaming services team up, and more.

Both reddit and Twitter announced third-party verification partnerships this week, the former of which provides information on ad reach and the latter on brand safety.

Reddit acquired Dubsmash in an unlikely move that should help both companies to reach audiences they’re currently missing.

Steve Lesnard, CMO and global vice president of product creation at The North Face, speaks with eMarketer vice president of business development Marissa Coslov about responding to shifts in consumer behavior trends, such as increased online searches for outdoor activities, and more.

The number of Snapchat users in India will grow 106.9% this year, driven largely by the pandemic and users migrating to the platform after the TikTok ban.

The number of monthly Instagram users in Western Europe will rise by 17.0% in 2020 to 132.8 million. That’s more than three times higher than the growth rate we had predicted before the pandemic (5.2%) and equates to 19.3 million new users from 2019.