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Science  15 Jun 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6394, pp. 1193-1194
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat8179

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In Custodians of the Internet, Tarleton Gillespie goes beyond a mere account of the tools and practices employed by social media companies to address problems of harassment, obscenity, and hate speech on their platforms. He also aims to capture just what is at stake in debates over online expression—from the consequences of being "censored" online to the fate of social and democratic norms in the face of easily manipulable news feeds.