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Custodians of the Internet : Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions That Shape Social

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A revealing and gripping investigation into how social media platforms police what we post online—and the large societal impact of these decisions

Many people want their Twitter feed, Facebook page, and Instagram to be free of harassment and obscenity. Whether faced with “fake news” or livestreamed violence, “content moderators”—who censor or promote user-posted content—have never been more important. This is especially true when the tools and practices that social media platforms use to curb trolling, ban hate speech, and censor ****** silence the speech you need to hear.
 
In this revealing and nuanced exploration, award-winning social media expert Tarleton Gillespie provides an overview of current social media practices and explains the underlying rationales for how, when, and why these policies are enforced. In doing so, Gillespie highlights that content moderation receives little public scrutiny even as it is shapes social norms and creates consequences for public discourse, cultural production, and social interaction. Based on interviews with content moderators, creators, and consumers, this accessible, timely book is a must-read for anyone who’s ever clicked “Like” or “Retweet.”
Number of Pages: 288.0
Genre: Computers + Internet, Business + Money Management, Social Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Author: Tarleton Gillespie
Language: English
Street Date: June 26, 2018
TCIN: 53390154
UPC: 9780300173130
Item Number (DPCI): 248-64-8430

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