social networking


Definition of social networking

: the creation and maintenance of personal and business relationships especially online

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Twitter too has been amplifying its efforts to combat bots, misinformation, and election interference of late, as activity on the social networking platform has intensified ahead of the midterms. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Twitter removes thousands of bot accounts discouraging Democrats from voting in the midterms," 2 Nov. 2018 What is clear is that Facebook has lost all benefit of the doubt in recent months, and knowing who sees your posts is an important part of feeling safe on the huge social networking platform. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook says millions of users who thought they were sharing privately with their friends may have shared with everyone because of a software bug," 7 June 2018 Around the world, Facebook and other social networking platforms are facing a backlash over their failures to safeguard privacy, disinformation campaigns and the digital reach of hate groups. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate," 19 May 2018 One patent application, published last November, described a system that could detect consumers within stores and match those shoppers’ faces with their social networking profiles. New York Times, "Facebook’s Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms," 9 July 2018 Plus Facebook has a strong interest in gamingand the reputation for going out and spending big on companies that can help expand its social networking moat. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018 The advocate group claims that Facebook and its subsidiaries account for more than three-quarters of mobile social networking traffic in the United States. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "EXCLUSIVE: Facebook must be broken up and face strict privacy controls, coalition urges FTC," 15 Aug. 2018 What are the public health effects of social networking apps that are purposefully designed to maximize user engagement? Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "Congress Is About to Learn Just How Little Science Knows About Tech Addiction," 23 May 2018 In Germany, antitrust regulators are tackling data issues, saying in December that Facebook’s social networking dominance essentially forces users into yielding data. Kate Galbraith, San Francisco Chronicle, "Antitrust nearly slew Microsoft. Can it adapt to tech giants like Facebook?," 19 May 2018

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1998, in the meaning defined above

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: the activity of creating personal and business relationships with other people especially by sharing information, personal messages, etc., on the Internet

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