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With over 2.5 billion active users, social media is one of the most popular online activities worldwide. From sharing photos and personal updates to staying up-to-date on current events, news, and sports scores, there are so many ways to use social media. And with so many people using social media, it's no surprise that some of the biggest news stories in recent years have broken on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Twitter. From the Cambridge Analytica scandal to Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress, social media has been at the center of some of the biggest news stories of the past few years. But what exactly is social media? And how did it become such a powerful force in the news landscape? Let's take a closer look. Simply put, social media is a way for people to connect and share information online. But while that definition may be simple, the implications of social media are far-reaching and complex. For example, prior to social media, if you wanted to share a news story with your friends or family, you would have to do so manually – either by telling them in person or by sending them a link via email or another messaging platform. But with social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, you can now share news stories – or any other type of information – with just a few clicks. And because these platforms are designed for sharing, your friends and followers can easily share