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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Memphis police officers were called in to help with crowd control as word of the shooting spread on social media. Adrian Sainz, chicagotribune.com, "Police, angry crowd face off after fatal shooting in Memphis," 13 June 2019 Surveys show that four out of five American preteens use some form of social media, with YouTube being the most popular but Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat also widely used — even though all four services officially prohibit users younger than 13. Craig Timberg, Washington Post, "Sex, drugs, and self-harm: Where 20 years of child online protection law went wrong," 13 June 2019 Memphis police officers were called in to help with crowd control as word of the shooting spread on social media. Adrian Sainz, Anchorage Daily News, "25 officers injured in Memphis unrest after marshals kill fugitive," 13 June 2019 Many players have deleted their social media apps or are simply going silent on them. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Rant about World Cup goals if it makes you feel better, but U.S. women not listening," 13 June 2019 In early April, large protests broke out in northern Greece after a false rumor spread on social media that migrants would be able to exit Greece via its northern border. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, "On a Greek Island That Welcomed Migrants, Residents and Refugees Feel Abandoned," 13 June 2019 Twenty-three years later, the 60th birthday wishes flowed in to Irsay on social media. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Jim Irsay turns 60: NFL's youngest team owner at 37 isn't that young anymore," 13 June 2019 DuVernay has been spending time on social media responding to viewers’ questions and comments, including some celebrity fans. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Ava DuVernay's When They See Us has been the most-watched series on Netflix since its premiere," 13 June 2019 Seemingly beating cancer, all while keeping it entertainingly documented on social media, in the face of missing ranking points and price money thru the summer stretch. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Is Nadal's 12 French Opens the Most Unbreakable Record in Tennis History?," 12 June 2019

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2004, in the meaning defined above

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social media

noun

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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