Social Media Regulation; Research Proposal
This research proposal has been written on social media regulations of different countries. The regulations are compared with one another to get complete and comprehensive understanding.
Social Media is generally referred to as “interactive, computed-mediated technologies” that are used for sharing of information and ideas in the society through virtual network. Social networking sites play an important role in the lives of people, all around the globe. Sitting behind their personal computers and laptops, people enjoy communicating and interacting with their online friends on several social media sites. Not only that, but social media has also become a source of news and entertainment for its users.
These platforms present new opportunities to people to connect. But, on the down side, the social media is also used to spread misinformation, fake news cyber/online harassment, stealing of data etc. The unregulated social media gives the privilege of freedom of speech and expression to its users. However, this unregulated social media has also caused several problems that lead to security and privacy issues. Moreover, bad regulation is also an issue of concern because of the problems it presents. It involves misguided or poorly directed rules and regulations that lead to a greater mess.
The main issue that is encountered is that these platforms do not create their own content, therefore, they cannot be held responsible for content generated by their users. This claim is correct to some extent but is incorrect in a way, because these platforms have editorial access of its users’ content. An article in Forbes states that it is necessary to outline explicit rules about what is allowed and what is not. It is also required to back these guidelines n each country by legal regulatory frameworks in order to impose restrictions on sharing of sensitive content. The regulations must be coded while taking into consideration democratic and open value. The focus shall be on balancing between rights and restrictions.
The question of the concern should not be whether social media shall be regulated or not. The question shall be; how to regulate it more effectively. For this reason a research was required to compare the regulation between different countries of the world, to fill the gap by conducting comparative study