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An Exploratory Study of Global and Local Discourses on Social Media Regulation

An Exploratory Study of Global and Local Discourses on Social Media Regulation


Andrej Školkay


Abstract: This is a study of suggested approaches to social media regulation based on an explora-tory methodological approach. Its first aim is to provide an overview of the global and local debates and the main arguments and concerns, and second, to systematise this in order to construct taxon-omies. Despite its methodological limitations, the study provides new insights into this very rele-vant global and local policy debate. We found that there are trends in regulatory policymaking to-wards both innovative and radical approaches but also towards approaches of copying broadcast media regulation to the sphere of social media. In contrast, traditional self- and co-regulatory ap-proaches seem to have been, by and large, abandoned as the preferred regulatory approaches. The study discusses these regulatory approaches as presented in global and selected local, mostly Euro-pean and US discourses in three analytical groups based on the intensity of suggested regulatory intervention.

This study is a partial result of the Cooperation and Support Action Project H2020: Compact: From Research to Policy Through Raising Awareness of the State of the Art on Social Media and Convergence, Project Number 762128.

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