Approaching Social Media Governance

48 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2014 Last revised: 9 Jun 2016

Markus Oermann

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Martin Lose

Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research; Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Jan-Hinrik Schmidt

Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research

Katharina Johnsen

Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research

Date Written: June 8, 2016

Abstract

In this working paper, we address the new forms of governance emerging within the technological and social spaces of Social Media. The overall aim of the underlying research project is to identify and examine the governance factors that regulate the user's behaviour in Social Media, to discover the governance structure formed by these factors, to analyse the normative intensity of the factors concerning the user's behaviour in Social Media, and, thereby, to uncover the interplay and interdependencies of the factors among each other. In doing so, the governance background of user behaviour in Social Media shall be revealed. As a first step, we approach this task with a pilot case study on the governance background of a certain user behaviour ("uploading a photo") in a certain Social Networking Service (Facebook) whose theoretical foundations, methods, and initial findings we present in this working paper.

Keywords: Social Media, Governance, Regulation, Code, Law, Contract, Social Norms, User Behaviour, Facebook

Suggested Citation

Oermann, Markus and Lose, Martin and Schmidt, Jan-Hinrik and Johnsen, Katharina, Approaching Social Media Governance (June 8, 2016). HIIG Discussion Paper Series No. 2014-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2498552 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2498552

Markus Oermann (Contact Author)

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society ( email )

Bebelplatz 1 | 10099
Berlin
Germany

Martin Lose

Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research ( email )

Rothenbaumchaussee 36
Hamburg, 20148
Germany

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society ( email )

Bebelplatz 1 | 10099
Berlin
Germany

Jan-Hinrik Schmidt

Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research ( email )

Rothenbaumchaussee 36
Hamburg, 20148
Germany

Katharina Johnsen

Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research ( email )

Rothenbaumchaussee 36
Hamburg, 20148
Germany

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