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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Recent Examples on the Web Video of Floyd's death was also first shared on social media and sparked weeks of unrest across the country demanding racial justice and changes to policing. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "White woman in Central Park called 911 a second time on Black birdwatcher, prosecutors say," 14 Oct. 2020 The day of the deadline is when many Virginians decide to register, particularly after being reminded on social media and in the news. Ben Finley, Star Tribune, "Cut cable shuts down Virginia's online voter registration," 13 Oct. 2020 School officials on the Kenai Peninsula received some pushback after posting a statement Friday on social media that anyone who participated in the tournament would need to quarantine. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Hundreds of potential coronavirus quarantines around Alaska in the wake of youth hockey tournament," 13 Oct. 2020 Using the hashtag #EndSARS on social media, international celebrities joined Nigerians in the campaign to end police brutality in all its forms. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "Kanye West and other stars join global protests over police brutality in Nigeria," 13 Oct. 2020 Since the September 14 release of the documentary, thousands of survivors have been inspired to share their own stories of institutional abuse on social media. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Paris Hilton Won’t Give Up Until She’s Shut Down the Entire Troubled Teen Industry," 13 Oct. 2020 The current protests began after a video purportedly showing the killing of a civilian by the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad was shared on social media. William Clowes,, "Nigerian Protesters Defy Ban in Oil Hub as Casualties Climb," 13 Oct. 2020 Calls to action by often anonymous organizers spread rapidly among left-wing activists on social media and can come together in a matter of hours. oregonlive, "Latest call for ‘direct action’ escalated Portland protest destruction, pushed for anonymity," 13 Oct. 2020 Event leader Sean Feucht posted videos of the gathering on social media, calling it a protest. CBS News, "Nashville vows "penalties" after worship event draws hundreds of largely unmasked people," 13 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of social media

2004, in the meaning defined above

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17 Oct 2020

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“Social media.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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: 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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