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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An image circulating on Chinese social media, which Huawei has confirmed as authentic to The Verge, suggests the outline of a bezel-less phone with a selfie camera in the corner. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Huawei hints at notchless phone with circular camera cutout," 27 Nov. 2018 This isn’t the first time Ari has mourned Mac’s death on social media. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Responded to a Troll Who Accused Her of "Milking" Mac Miller's Death," 26 Nov. 2018 Dolce & Gabbana issued a second statement to social media. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Everything You Need to Know About Dolce & Gabbana's Canceled Shanghai Fashion Show," 26 Nov. 2018 Technology firms have faced new scrutiny over their policies around handling user data privacy, misinformation and political bias, particularly as some critics accuse social media sites of tacitly tipping the scales in national and local elections. Greg Bensinger And Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Tech Firms Should Face ‘Thoughtful’ Regulation, Lawmakers Say," 13 Nov. 2018 Chrissy Teigen provides daily entertainment to all of her fans via social media, through epic clap-backs and headband-of-the-day-posts. Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen's Glamour 2018 Women of the Year Speech Is the Best Thing You'll See Today," 12 Nov. 2018 One of those students shared the photos, which Visich had posted to social media, with the faculty member. Ben Guarino, The Verge, "An academic reported sexual harassment. Her university allegedly retaliated," 12 Nov. 2018 In another segment, the group was having a conversation about social media and hate speech and the media's responsibility in dealing with both. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Whoopi Goldberg Had to Break Up Meghan McCain and Joy Behar's Heated Debate," 30 Oct. 2018 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

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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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