Banning, blocking and boosting: Twitter’s solo-regulation of expression

Milosavljević, Marko and Broughton Micova, Sarah (2016) Banning, blocking and boosting: Twitter’s solo-regulation of expression. Medijske Studije, 7 (13). pp. 43-58. ISSN 1847-9758

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Abstract

The regulation or self-regulation of online media is one of the key dilemmas of contemporary digital media and policy environment. This includes the new digital intermediary gatekeepers such as social media. The private rules of intermediaries, such as their ‘terms of service’ and content policies, importantly define their functioning and are sometimes thought of as self-regulatory mechanisms. Online intermediaries are increasingly being called upon to engage in codes of conduct or decisions about content. We focus on Twitter as one of the largest and most relevant new gatekeepers because of its use as source of news. The terms and other documents of Twitter are analysed as tools of self-regulation, and as the context within which the individual users and mass media (must) function in today’s digital environment. We also look at how Twitter has applied this framework in two high profile cases.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Date of Acceptance: 05/09/2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital media,gatekeepers,self-regulation,twitter,social media,solo-regulation
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2016 16:00
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 14:59
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/61034
DOI: 10.20901/ms.7.13.3

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