Social Media and the Public Interest: Governance of News Platforms in the Realm of Individual and Algorithmic Gatekeepers

36 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2014

Date Written: August 17, 2014

Abstract

This paper seeks to identify the basic contours of how the notion of the public interest is taking shape in the realm of social media. Drawing upon social media governance discourse and research on the dynamics of how social media platforms are being used in the dissemination and consumption of news and information, this paper argues that a preventative and individualist model of the public interest characterizes the social media space. This paper then considers the broader implications of this emergent model of the public interest in social media governance.

Keywords: social media, media governance, public interest, journalism, news

JEL Classification: L86, O33

Suggested Citation

Napoli, Philip M., Social Media and the Public Interest: Governance of News Platforms in the Realm of Individual and Algorithmic Gatekeepers (August 17, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2481886 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2481886

Philip M. Napoli (Contact Author)

Duke University ( email )

Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

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