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Big Tech/Social Media Regulation

This guide provides researchers with a curated selection of resources on Big Tech and social media regulation.


The 2016 U.S. presidential election was marked by heavy use of social media by candidates and interested parties as a method to, for example, disseminate campaign information, influence and engage voters and promote events, and raise funds. The period leading up to the election also featured social media-based efforts to interfere in the election, as Russia waged “information warfare” against the United States through a variety of social media channels. Included in this section of the guide are primary sources, books, academic articles, reports, and popular press articles related to both foreign and domestic election activities.   

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