social networking


Definition of social networking 

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

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According to preliminary reports, Bowers was an avowed anti-Semite who made a number of posts on far-right social networking site Gab blaming Jews for, among other things, mass migration and climate change. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "An assailant killed at least 11 at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.," 27 Oct. 2018 The suspected killer of 11 Jewish people in a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue frequently posted snippets of his political ideology on far-right social networking sites like Gab. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The centuries-old history of Jewish “puppet master” conspiracy theories," 2 Nov. 2018 The social networking giant is on a global hunt for a new head of policy and communications. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Square CFO Sarah Friar moves down the block — as Nextdoor CEO," 11 Oct. 2018 Peanut, a social networking app for mothers, provides a release valve for women to swap stories. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 That's largely because of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, a federal law that grants broad immunity to social networking websites that allow users to freely express opinions and views. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Gang rape. Suicides. Shooting deaths. The dark side of social media," 13 Apr. 2018 Unlike the core Facebook social networking service or other messaging apps, Facebook said that Messenger Kids does not display any online ads or allow kids to buy things within the app. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Facebook Messenger Kids App Is Expanding," 22 June 2018 The fast-growing Menlo Park social networking company has been on an expansion spree, leasing space in a number of Bay Area cities, including San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Fremont, in an effort to cut its workers’ commutes. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Facebook leases huge new space in Fremont," 14 June 2018 But now programmers in the predominantly Muslim region have hit back at the American ban, which also extended to Facebook, the owner of Instagram, with their own version of the social networking service. Amie Ferris-rotman, Washington Post, "Defying U.S. sanctions, Chechnya has created its own version of Instagram. Its strongman leader is a fan.," 29 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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