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Tarleton Gillespie

In: The SAGE Handbook of Social Media

Chapter 14: Regulation of and by Platforms

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Regulation of and by Platforms
Regulation of and by platforms
Tarleton Gillespie

Social media platforms rose up out of the exquisite chaos of the web. Their founders were inspired by or hoping to capitalize on the freedom it promised, while also hoping to provide spaces for the web's best and most social aspects. But as these platforms grew, that chaos and contention found its way back onto them – for obvious reasons: if I want to say something, whether inspiring or reprehensible, I want to say it where someone, maybe even everyone, might hear me. Today, we by and large speak on platforms when we're online. Social media platforms afford their users new opportunities to speak and interact with a wider range of people, organizing them ...

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