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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Turns out, even Joanna Gaines catches herself manipulating her surroundings for social media, too. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Gets Candid About the Moments She Needs to ‘Check Myself’ With Her Kids," 3 Feb. 2019 McFarland got the idea to promote Fyre with a lavish concert attended by social media influencers. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "How Carola Jain, a Well-Connected New York Investor, Got Duped Into Funding the Fyre Festival," 26 Jan. 2019 The one-page entry should be a maximum of 350 words, and the most compelling stories will be posted on social media to be voted on by viewers to determine finalists. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "A Woman Is Giving Away Her $1.7 Million Dream Home For Just $25 In A Clever Contest," 25 Jan. 2019 Russia was identified as being behind a large-scale campaign to sow division in advance of the 2016 election through the use of hateful, misleading and divisive information spread across major social media platforms. Eli Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "How anonymous tweets helped ignite a national controversy over MAGA hat teens," 23 Jan. 2019 Partially because these social platforms and features operate by displaying content that either disappears or can only be seen by approved friends and contacts, college admission officers are focusing less on applicants’ social media presence. Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "25% of College Admissions Officers Say They Look at Applicants’ Social Media," 28 Nov. 2018 As a member of the Cyberbullying Taskforce, Prince William called out how social media platforms, created as a means to connect with other people, can be used to spread misinformation or hateful speech. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Calls Out Social Media Companies for Not Doing Enough to End Cyberbullying," 15 Nov. 2018 The Past: The information warfare of 2016 didn't just expose the ineptitude of social media platforms to identify and ferret out political propaganda injected by foreign powers. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "If the 2018 Election Is Hacked, This Is How It Will Happen," 5 Nov. 2018 Given the graphic impact of much of the clothing, this nostalgia trip is gaining speed on visuals-happy social media platforms. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How ‘90s Clothing Brands are Using Retro Designs to Entice Millennials," 29 Oct. 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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