"I always assumed that I wasn't really that close to [her]": Reasoning about Invisible Algorithms in News Feeds

  title={"I always assumed that I wasn't really that close to [her]": Reasoning about Invisible Algorithms in News Feeds},
  author={Motahhare Eslami and Aimee Rickman and Kristen Vaccaro and Amirhossein Aleyasen and Andy Vuong and Karrie Karahalios and Kevin Hamilton and Christian Sandvig},
  journal={Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
Our daily digital life is full of algorithmically selected content such as social media feeds, recommendations and personalized search results. These algorithms have great power to shape users' experiences, yet users are often unaware of their presence. Whether it is useful to give users insight into these algorithms' existence or functionality and how such insight might affect their experience are open questions. To address them, we conducted a user study with 40 Facebook users to examine… 

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