An Exploratory Study of Global and Local Discourses on Social Media Regulation


  • Andrej Školkay School of Communication and Media, Bratislava



social media, regulation, hate speech, fake news, EU, USA, media policy, platforms


This is a study of suggested approaches to social media regulation based on an exploratory methodological approach. Its first aim is to provide an overview of the global and local debates and the main arguments and concerns, and second, to systematise this in order to construct taxonomies. Despite its methodological limitations, the study provides new insights into this very relevant global and local policy debate. We found that there are trends in regulatory policymaking towards both innovative and radical approaches but also towards approaches of copying broadcast media regulation to the sphere of social media. In contrast, traditional self- and co-regulatory approaches seem to have been, by and large, abandoned as the preferred regulatory approaches. The study discusses these regulatory approaches as presented in global and selected local, mostly European and US discourses in three analytical groups based on the intensity of suggested regulatory intervention.

Author Biography

Andrej Školkay, School of Communication and Media, Bratislava

Dr. Andrej Školkay is director of research at the School of Communication and Media, Bratislava, Slovakia. He has published widely on media and politics, especially on political communication, but also on ethics, media regulation, populism, and media law in Slovakia and abroad. His most recent book is Media Law in Slovakia (Kluwer Publishers, 2016). Dr. Školkay has been a leader of national research teams in the H2020 Projects COMPACT (CSA - 2017-2020), DEMOS (RIA - 2018-2021), FP7 Projects MEDIADEM (2010-2013) and ANTICORRP (2013-2017), as well as Media Plurality Monitor (2015).




How to Cite

Školkay, A. (2020). An Exploratory Study of Global and Local Discourses on Social Media Regulation. Global Media Journal - German Edition, 10(1).