Governance of Social Media Spaces

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Axel Bruns:

'What mechanisms of governance are in operation here, then? There are four factors to be considered here: formal law, underlying platform design (sometimes as a substitute for law), social norms (which also indicate community consensus), and contracts (e.g. as drafted by platform providers or by third parties, such as Creative Commons). How do these four elements interact?


what is the rulemaking power of crowds themselves? How do their social norms intersect with the contracts and designs used by social media platforms; (how) do they shape them, even?" (