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Siva Vaidhyanathan

In: The SAGE Handbook of Social Media

Chapter 12: The Incomplete Political Economy of Social Media

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The Incomplete Political Economy of Social Media
The incomplete political economy of social media
Siva Vaidhyanathan

In February 2016, the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of India ruled that Facebook's plan to introduce a free service to underprivileged Indians via a partnership with one mobile company and a handful of commercial application services violated network neutrality, the principal that digital services should not favor one source of content over another. So ‘Free Basics,’ as Facebook had re-dubbed its ostensibly philanthropic effort ‘Internet.org,’ died quickly in a power struggle among a powerful American social media company, resentful Indian technology developers, overwhelmed regulators, sensitive nationalistic politicians, highly organized public interest activists, and rival mobile service providers. It was a remarkable tale of ideological hubris on the part of Facebook founder ...

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