social network

noun

Definition of social network

1 : a network of individuals (such as friends, acquaintances, and coworkers) connected by interpersonal relationships
2 : an online service or site through which people create and maintain interpersonal relationships And millions of people have become comfortable using smart-phones to share information about themselves, via mobile apps that access social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.The Economist

Examples of social network in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Facebook AI is the social network’s artificial-intelligence organization. John Mccormick, WSJ, "Facebook Dataset Addresses Algorithmic Bias," 8 Apr. 2021 In December, 30 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote a letter urging Facebook to remove anti-Muslim content – that came after 15 Democratic senators made a similar plea to the social network the month before. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg sued over anti-Muslim hate speech, violence," 8 Apr. 2021 Twitter has long been the dominant social network in Japan, with over 51 million active users. Emiko Jozuka, Selina Wang And Junko Ogura, CNN, "Japan's powerful patriarchy often sidelines women. Fixing that won't be easy," 5 Apr. 2021 Despite being a social network, Clubhouse has been framed by some as a reaction to social media, especially Twitter. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "Clubhouse Feels Like a Party," 31 Mar. 2021 And remember: your next job will not likely come from your innermost circle on any social network. NBC News, "Pivoting careers during the pandemic? 5 unexpected things to consider if you're over 50," 26 Mar. 2021 Facebook is absolutely horrified about the new privacy features coming to iPhone and iPad, which will force the world’s largest social network to ask for permission to track them across apps and services. Chris Smith, BGR, "Facebook’s new ads try to convince iPhone owners to allow tracking," 25 Feb. 2021 Gab is another social network popular with right-wing groups that hasn’t been available on Apple and Google’s app store for years. Washington Post, "Far-right groups move online conversations from social media to chat apps--and out of view of law enforcement," 15 Jan. 2021 Gab is another social network popular with right-wing groups that hasn’t been available on Apple and Google’s app store for years. Anchorage Daily News, "Far-right groups move online conversations from social media to chat apps - and out of view of law enforcement," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of social network

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Social network.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/social%20network. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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