Social media are interactive computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks.
This quotation from wikipedia goes on to show how useful this technology could be. Recent events reported in the news also suggest other side effects. lynchings have become common in many places due to the spread of fake news. This consequence is something that can be avoided if the users of this technology use discretion in forwarding unverified news.