Tarleton Gillespie

Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, New England; also an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Communication and Department of Information Science, at Cornell University. On Twitter at @TarletonG


Content moderation is not a panacea: Logan Paul, YouTube, and what we should expect from platforms

What do we expect of content moderation? And what do we expect of platforms? There is an undeniable need, now more than ever, to reconsider the public responsibilities of social media platforms. For too long, platforms have enjoyed generous legal protections and an equally generous cultural allowance, to be “mere conduits” not liable for what […]

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The platform metaphor, revisited

This is cross-posted from the HIIG Science Blog, and is part of a series on metaphors and digital society hosted by Christian Katzenbach and Stefan Larsson. I recommend the other essays as well: Nik John on sharing, Noam Tirosh on revolution, and Christian Djeffal on artificial intelligence.  Sometimes a metaphor settles into everyday use so comfortably, […]

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Facebook can’t moderate in secret anymore.

I’ve been trying to write a comment about the leaked Facebook documents published by The Guardian this week. The documents, part of the training materials that Facebook provides to independently contracted moderators, instruct them on what they should remove and what should stay, across a wide variety of categories. But it’s hard not to feel disheartened […]

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Culture Digitally scholars writing elsewhere about the election and its ramifications

Over the last two days, we’ve invited Culture Digitally scholars to think hard about the U.S. election, about the scholarship that will need to happen in the next four years, and how to move the field forward in light of new political realities in the U.S. and around the world. You can read their comments here […]

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more Culture Digitally scholars reflect on the election and our scholarship going forward

Below is a second wave of comments from Culture Digitally scholars, grappling with the U.S. election and its implications for our scholarship. (First post is available here.) Read through, or skip to contributions from Mary Gray, Kate Miltner, Ted Striphas, Ilana Gershon, P. M. Hillier, and Mike Ananny.  As we said yesterday, we know the […]

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