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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Additionally, Leary adds most people on social media upload multiple photos of themselves and their day-to-day activities. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "6 Signs You're Being Catfished," 3 Apr. 2019 Even while operating under KensingtonRoyal, the couple had a more laissez-faire social media style: during their royal tour of Fiji, Australia, Tonga, and New Zealand, Prince Harry did his own Instagram Story while flying in a helicopter. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Now Have Their Own Instagram Account," 2 Apr. 2019 Passengers affected by the closure have criticized Wow Air on social media over the lack of communication. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "WOW Air Just Completely Shut Down Without Warning," 28 Mar. 2019 But social media have also become a critical tool for Indian political campaigns. Rishabh R. Jain, The Seattle Times, "Facebook says it’s limiting false stories for India election," 27 Mar. 2019 There's also the fact that social media (as a news delivery source) can feel so intimate. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "What Is Fake News and How Can I Spot It?," 25 Mar. 2019 The voices were mum again and mentions of classism and corruption were saved for social media. Teen Vogue, "For Black Students Like Me at USC, the College Admissions Scandal Makes Visible What We All Knew," 21 Mar. 2019 The two have been interacting on social media, though they haven't been seen in person together. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Romeo Beckham? Everything You Need to Know About Millie Bobby Brown's Possible New Boyfriend," 19 Mar. 2019 Their friendship seems to have started on social media all the way back in November 2013. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga and Lisa Vanderpump Have a Girls Night Out at Pump and TomTom," 19 Mar. 2019

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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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