User-Generated Censorship: Manipulating the Maps Of Social Media – MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing

Interesting thesis by recent MIT graduate.

 

“[…] This thesis investigates user-generated censorship: an emergent mode of intervention by which users strategically manipulate social media to suppress speech. It shows that the tools designed to help make information more available have been repurposed and reversed to make it less available. Case studies reveal that these platforms, far from being neutral pipes through which information merely travels, are in fact contingent sociotechnical systems upon and through which users effect their politics through the power of algorithms. […]

Source: User-Generated Censorship: Manipulating the Maps Of Social Media.

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