Tarleton Gillespie

Tarleton Gillespie is a senior principal researcher at Microsoft Research New England, and an affiliated associate professor in the Department of Communication and Department of Information Science at Cornell University.

For the past several years he has been studying how social media platforms moderate the content and behavior of their users, and how their approaches to moderation have broader implications for the character of public discourse. His book, Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions that Shape Social Media (Yale University Press) was published in June 2018. He is also the author of Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture (MIT Press, 2007) and co-editor of Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society (MIT, 2014).