Bubble Trouble: Strategies Against Filter Bubbles in Online Social Networks

  title={Bubble Trouble: Strategies Against Filter Bubbles in Online Social Networks},
  author={Laura Burbach and Patrick Halbach and Martina Ziefle and Andr{\'e} Calero Valdez},
In the recent past, some electoral decisions have gone against the pre-election expectations, what led to greater emphasis on social networking in the creation of filter bubbles. In this article, we examine whether Facebook usage motives, personality traits of Facebook users, and awareness of the filter bubble phenomenon influence whether and how Facebook users take action against filter bubbles. To answer these questions we conducted an online survey with 149 participants in Germany. While we… 
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