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Social Media in India

Social Media in India
Regulatory Needs, Issues and Challenges

Edited by:
  • Francis P. Barclay - Assistant Professors at the Department of Media and Communication, School of Communication, Central University of Tamil Nadu, India
  • Boobalakrishnan N. - Assistant Professors at the Department of Media and Communication, School of Communication, Central University of Tamil Nadu, India

January 2022 | 320 pages | SAGE India
Social media is acutely prone to misuse—thanks to its independent and undisciplined nature—necessitating regulation. The book addresses this concern, analysing critical sociopolitical issues related to social media regulation and discussing the latest developments in India.

Social Media in India: Regulatory Needs, Issues and Challenges reviews the values of freedom of expression, privacy and regulation, and proposes strategies to balance the triad, aiding policy formation, at a time when the Indian government and significant social media intermediaries are in a standoff over the newly ordained IT rules. This book covers all aspects that need to be examined for the overhaul of the regulatory framework including addiction, awareness, rampant misinformation, political applications and conflicts. Highlighting such social and user-centric challenges to the sustainability of online social networks, the book argues for the need of a robust regulatory framework and advocates an attitude adjustment about privacy and social media in the age of disinformation.
Foreword by G. Ravindran
Introduction: Social Media Policy in the Age of Misuse and Misinformation
PART I: Understanding Social Media Users
Francis P. Barclay, Boobalakrishnan N. and Anushiya K.
Social Media Dependence and the Loss of Distinction and Detachment
Boobalakrishnan N., Francis P. Barclay. and Anushiya K.
Political Ideologies, Affiliation and Participation: Are these Related in Contemporary India?
Francis P. Barclay, Boobalakrishnan N. and Anushiya K.
Credibility of Social Media Messages and User Awareness
PART II: Use and Misuse of Social Media
Akhila S. and Francis P. Barclay
Twitter for Political Propaganda: An Analysis of Literary-Rhetorical Devices
Malini Srinivasan and Francis P. Barclay
Social Media Exposure and Religious Intolerance
C. Pichandy, C. J. Ravikrishnan and Boobalakrishnan N.
Framing Conflicts on Social Media
C. Pichandy, S. Ramamurthy and V. Palaniappan
Social Media and Social Movements: A Review
Binish Parveen and Nikhil Kumar Gouda
Use and Misuse of Social Media in Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation
PART III: Balancing Autonomy and Regulation
I. Arul Aram and Parama Gupta
Fake News: Scenario, Initiatives, Perceptions and Challenges
S. K . Balashanmugam
Social Media Regulation: A Review of Legal Frameworks
Francis P. Barclay, Boobalakrishnan N. and Anushiya K.
Balancing Social Media Autonomy, Privacy and Regulation

I find this a powerful book engaged in the quest of inspiring students, scholars and all of next-gen. This hands-on guide dwells upon a unique mix of contemporary socio-political issues related to the highly unregulated social media in India. This could be a practical handbook on fake news to the media fraternity as the recent years mark the era of disinformation, ‘alternative facts’ and ‘post truth’. My best wishes to the authors who've penned the much-needed topics clearly and accurately. The research done on various subjects is commendable. A must-read.

L. Adhimoolam
Publisher, Dinamalar, Coimbatore, India

It is a pleasure to read this book on Social Media in India. It is majorly an outcome of an Impress project funded by the ICSSR to interrogate various issues related to social media in an age of media abundance. This volume is timely and addresses the contemporary tensions and anxieties through grounded empirical details related to issues of privacy, credibility, regulation and ethics. This volume is an asset to the field of new media studies in India.

Biswajit Das
Professor and Founding Director, Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

Conventional understandings about social media and freedom of speech need a rethought to develop new social attitudes towards privacy. Providing empirical evidence with a wide array of studies in India, this book urges suitable cybersecurity and data protection legislation. Covering some of the most controversial aspects of social media, including information overdose, addiction, social media awareness, motivations, use and misuse, privacy, autonomy, and regulation, this book provides social scientists with a new understanding of the use and misuse of smartphones. This book will be helpful to policymakers in regulating social media and is a seminal resource for scholars of media, communication, psychology, political science, and all domains of social science.

Mohammad Sahid Ullah
Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Though much literature on social media has already been disseminated and with much more to come, this is undeniably a seminal and scholarly work that converges on the core issues related to social media users and its regulatory norms, strengthened by apt research data.

P. E. Thomas
Professor and Head, Department of Communication and Media Studies, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India

Francis P. Barclay

Francis P. Barclay is assistant professor and head (in-charge) in the Department of Media and Communication, School of Communication, Central University of Tamil Nadu, India. He started his career as a copy editor in a local English newspaper in 2005, just when he completed his post-graduation. Now, he has a wide and varied experience in hardcore journalism, dedicated teaching, and rigorous research publications. In 2008, he was appointed the assistant editor of a national daily newspaper, DNA. Meanwhile, he had also completed MPhil degree. After serving the paper for 5 years, he quit the job to take up a full-time PhD program in... More About Author

Boobalakrishnan N.

Boobalakrishnan N. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communication, School of Communication, Central University of Tamil Nadu, India. He has published research articles on parental mediation, media and children, information and communication technologies and education. His current research addresses media, culture and communication; new media: usage and effects; social media; information and communication technologies. He has taught visual communication and electronic media courses and has technical proficiency in multimedia tools used for audio and non-linear video editing. More About Author

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