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Social media are considered ideal means to promote inclusive political participation by "reaching citizens where they are" in scalable and cost-effective ways. However, with all the excitement about the new virtual public sphere, little attention is given to the technical mediation itself-the affordances of e-deliberation platforms and the kind of interactions they support. In response, this paper aims to thicken the account of the interrelated political and technological contexts offatcat:sfllqcimvjbupoakva2arpekiq