Definition of social media 

: forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos)

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Chris Thilk is a freelance writer with 15 years of experience in the social media and content marketing industry. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper' Sells Itself as an Action Throwback," 13 July 2018 And nearly a quarter of teen respondents to the Pew survey (24 percent) described the effect of social media on their lives as mostly negative. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "'Eighth Grade' goes inside the mind of an iPhone-addled teen girl," 14 July 2018 This isn't the first time that Justin has been pretty candid about their romance on social media. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber Posted and Deleted Instagrams of Hailey Baldwin in a Hot Tub," 14 July 2018 Last week, for example, Kroger warned of a fake coupon that was circulating on social media offering $250 off Kroger purchases. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon Prime Day: Gift cards, coupons and other scams to watch for," 14 July 2018 And, with social media and the 24/7 news cycle, the monarchy is exposed to an entirely new level of intrusiveness—like Kate and William's wastershed lawsuit over paparazzi photos taken in France. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Photographic Ode to Kate Middleton’s Absolute Jubilation at Wimbledon," 14 July 2018 Defendants include four former Trump campaign and White House aides, three of whom have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate, and 13 Russians accused in a powerful social media campaign to sway U.S. public opinion in 2016. CBS News, "Trump responds to Russian hacking indictment by blaming Obama administration," 14 July 2018 Paparazzi need not track Grande and Davidson, though — the two haven’t been shy about showing off their love on social media. Dave Quinn,, "Pete Davidson Praises Ariana Grande's Topless Photo as Her Ex Mac Miller Raps About Lost Love," 13 July 2018 That's an average of 17,003 times per day, giving rise to a new form of activism spearheaded through social media and technology. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump visits Queen Elizabeth II, Wimbledon semifinals, Supermoon Solar Eclipse: 5 things to know Friday," 13 July 2018

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2004, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of social media

: forms of electronic communication (such as Web sites) through which people create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, etc.

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