Hello, Twitter Bot! Towards a Bot Ethics of Response and Responsibility

Line Henriksen, Cancan Wang

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n this paper, we explore the troubles and potentials at stake in the developmentsand deploymentsof lively technologies like Twitter bots, and how they challenge traditional ideas of ethical responsibility. We suggest that there is a tendency for bot ethics to revolve around the desire to differentiate between bot and human, which does not address what we understand to be the cultural anxieties at stake in the blurring boundaries between human and technology. Here we take some tentative steps towards rethinking and reimagining bot-human relationships through a feminist ethics of responsibility as response by taking as our starting point our own experience with bot creation, the Twitter bot “Hello30762308.”The bot was designed to respond with a “hello”to other Twitter users’ #hello, but quickly went in directions not intended by its creators.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCatalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Social bots
  • Ethics
  • Responsibility
  • Digital technology
  • Twitter


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