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The European Journal of Communication Research

Ed. by Averbeck-Lietz, Stefanie / d'Haenens, Leen

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Volume 40, Issue 1


Towards a theoretical model of social media surveillance in contemporary society

Christian Fuchs / Daniel Trottier
Published Online: 2015-03-02 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2014-0029


‘Social media’ like Facebook or Twitter have become tremendously popular in recent years. Their popularity provides new opportunities for data collection by state and private companies, which requires a critical and theoretical focus on social media surveillance. The task of this paper is to outline a theoretical framework for defining social media surveillance in the context of contemporary society, identifying its principal characteristics, and understanding its broader societal implications. Social media surveillance is a form of surveillance in which different forms of sociality and individuals different social roles converge, so that surveillance becomes a monitoring of different activities in different social roles with the help of profiles that hold a complex networked multitude of data about humans.

Keywords: surveillance; internet; social media; society; social theory; sociological theory; communication theory

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Published Online: 2015-03-02

Published in Print: 2015-03-01

Citation Information: Communications, Volume 40, Issue 1, Pages 113–135, ISSN (Online) 1613-4087, ISSN (Print) 0341-2059, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2014-0029.

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