Divergences in Procedural Accountability: Comparative Analysis of Social Media Political Speech Regulation in the United States, Germany, South Korea, and Taiwan

40 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2020

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So Yun Ahn

University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication, Students

Jeeyun Sophia Baik

University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Ho-Chun Herbert Chang

University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication, Students

Clara Sol Krause

University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication, Students

Date Written: December 16, 2020

Abstract

After a series of public scandals exposed the role of social media platforms in facilitating and spreading disruptive political speech in 2016, policymakers around the world are reframing content moderation as a public policy problem and many governments have since passed laws that intervene in how speech on social media is governed within their jurisdiction. This paper analyzes Facebook’s response to the local regulatory and cultural contexts of four different countries—the United States, Germany, South Korea, and Taiwan. It examines the intersection of governance of and by digital platforms in relation to political speech online, delving into how Facebook, a global platform company, adjusts to local laws and contexts through its design and language choices, varying levels of publicity, and nuanced partnerships.

Keywords: social media regulation, Facebook

Suggested Citation

Ahn, So Yun and Baik, Jeeyun Sophia and Chang, Ho-Chun Herbert and Krause, Clara Sol, Divergences in Procedural Accountability: Comparative Analysis of Social Media Political Speech Regulation in the United States, Germany, South Korea, and Taiwan (December 16, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3749727

So Yun Ahn (Contact Author)

University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication, Students ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90089
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Jeeyun Sophia Baik

University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism ( email )

3502 Watt Way, Suite 304
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

Ho-Chun Herbert Chang

University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication, Students ( email )

Philadelphia, PA
United States

Clara Sol Krause

University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication, Students ( email )

3502 Watt Way, Suite 304
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

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