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filter bubble

[ fil-ter buhb-uhl ]
/ ˈfɪl tər ˌbʌb əl /
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noun

a phenomenon that limits an individual’s exposure to a full spectrum of news and other information on the internet by algorithmically prioritizing content that matches a user’s demographic profile and online history or excluding content that does not: My roommate streamed so many arthouse flicks on my account that she confused the filter bubble—the recommended movies page thinks I’m some kind of fancy-pants intellectual now.

verb (used with object) fil·ter-bub·ble

to cause (a person) to have such a limited online experience through the predictive algorithmic filtering of content: We are being filter-bubbled into homogeneous peer groups by social media platforms.

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Origin of filter bubble

Coined by Eli Pariser (born 1980), U.S. political and internet activist, in The Filter Bubble (2011)
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