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Social Media Regulation from the Perspectives of National Media Regulatory Authorities in V4

Social Media Regulation from the Perspectives of National Media Regulatory Authorities in V4

ANDREJ ŠKOLKAY

ABSTRACT
The availability of studies which assess the implementation and performance of social media (SM) regulation within European Union countries is currently sub-optimal. Therefore, this study uses a problem-oriented approach, from a political-regulatory perspective, inspired by governance concepts, to investigate existing regulatory challenges within a specific region of Central and Eastern Europe. Based on interviews with the National Regulatory Authorities (NRA) experts from Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, and review of official documents, it provides insights on the regulatory policies and approaches enacted, proposed and used by NRAs. The study found that suggested approaches and opinions of the NRAs on possibilities of SM regulations show variety of challenges and that suggested regulatory approaches are often mutually contradictory. This study thus sets the stage for awareness creation among the key stakeholders that will facilitate further advancement of planned common social media regulatory protocols within the EU. Finally, this study sets a foundation for further regional or comparative studies on the regulation of social media.

This work has been supported by the European Union H2020 CSA Project COMPACT: From research to policy through raising awareness of the state of the art on social media and convergence, Project Number 762128, Grant Agreement 762128.

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