Social Media and Social Influence

Melissa de Zwart

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought into stark relief the complicated evolution of social media, from its role in bringing joy to millions confined in their houses, by presenting us with mood-lifting celebrity videos on "how to make your own lockdown sour dough" to the facilitation of a raid on the US Capitol building by Trump supporters in early 2021. If Mark Zuckerberg thought he had a difficult year in 2018 when the Cambridge Analytica furore broke, 2020 was certainly worse. Recent months have also witnessed the banning of (then) President Trump first from Twitter, which has long been his communication medium of choice, even prior to the 2016 election, and then his consequent banning from a cascading number of other social media platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLegal Issues in Information Technology Law
EditorsMark Perry, Alpana Roy, Melissa de Zwart, Michael Adams, Niloufer Selvadurai, Heather Forrest, Monique Cormier, Simon Mc Kenzie
Place of PublicationPyrmont, NSW
PublisherThomson Reuters
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)0455245142
ISBN (Print)9780455245140
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2022


  • social media
  • internet
  • disinformation
  • information technology


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