The Politics of Twitter Data
Humboldt University of Berlin - School of Library and Information Science
Queensland University of Technology
January 23, 2013
HIIG Discussion Paper Series No. 2013-01
Our paper approaches Twitter through the lens of “platform politics” (Gillespie, 2010), focusing in particular on controversies around user data access, ownership, and control. We characterise different actors in the Twitter data ecosystem: private and institutional end users of Twitter, commercial data resellers such as Gnip and DataSift, data scientists, and finally Twitter, Inc. itself; and describe their conflicting interests. We furthermore study Twitter’s Terms of Service and application programming interface (API) as material instantiations of regulatory instruments used by the platform provider and argue for a more promotion of data rights and literacy to strengthen the position of end users.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 15
Keywords: social media, Twitter, big data, users, platforms, regulation
Date posted: January 25, 2013
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