"Algorithms ruin everything": #RIPTwitter, Folk Theories, and Resistance to Algorithmic Change in Social Media

@article{DeVito2017AlgorithmsRE,
  title={"Algorithms ruin everything": \#RIPTwitter, Folk Theories, and Resistance to Algorithmic Change in Social Media},
  author={Michael Ann DeVito and Darren Gergle and Jeremy P. Birnholtz},
  journal={Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
  year={2017}
}
As algorithmically-driven content curation has become an increasingly common feature of social media platforms, user resistance to algorithmic change has become more frequent and visible. These incidents of user backlash point to larger issues such as inaccurate understandings of how algorithmic systems work as well as mismatches between designer and user intent. Using a content analysis of 102,827 tweets from #RIPTwitter, a recent hashtag-based backlash to rumors about introducing algorithmic… 

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