First I "like" it, then I hide it: Folk Theories of Social Feeds

  title={First I "like" it, then I hide it: Folk Theories of Social Feeds},
  author={Motahhare Eslami and Karrie Karahalios and Christian Sandvig and Kristen Vaccaro and Aimee Rickman and Kevin Hamilton and Alex Kirlik},
Many online platforms use curation algorithms that are opaque to the user. Recent work suggests that discovering a filtering algorithm's existence in a curated feed influences user experience, but it remains unclear how users reason about the operation of these algorithms. In this qualitative laboratory study, researchers interviewed a diverse, non-probability sample of 40 Facebook users before, during, and after being presented alternative displays of Facebook's News Feed curation algorithm's… CONTINUE READING
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