Facebook scraps 'outdated' trending news section

In its announcement on Friday (June 1), Facebook said the section was driving only marginal traffic to news publishers.

Facebook, ever eager avoid the liability that comes with being a publisher, said there was no bias.but nonetheless allowed that it "could not fully exclude the possibility of isolated improper actions or unintentional bias in the implementation of our guidelines or policies".

When Facebook launched "trending" in 2014 as a list of headlines to the side of the main news feed, it was a straightforward move to steal users from Twitter by giving them a quick look at the most popular news of the moment.

Facebook's head of news products, Alex Hardiman, wrote in the announcement that the company is now testing a breaking news label that would put the power of editorial decisions in the hands of news organizations. "From research we found that over time people found the product to be less and less useful".

Facebook is now testing new features, including a "breaking news" label that publishers can add to stories to distinguish them from other chatter.

Facebook has occasionally gotten in trouble because of Trending, which could get confused and surface objectionable content and Fake News.

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The breaking news label that Facebook is testing with 80 news publishers will let outlets such as the Washington Post add a red label to indicate that a story is breaking news.

Facebook fired its human curators in response, saying at the time that it hoped to automate the Trending section. The company tried to temper this by removing human reviewers who helped manage trending topics in favor of supposedly unbiased algorithms.

On Friday, Facebook minimized Trending Topics' impact in a blog post announcing the change. "So we're exploring new ways to help people stay informed about timely, breaking news that matters to them, while making sure the news they see on Facebook is from trustworthy and quality sources".

The California-based social network is also testing a "Today" section dedicated to "breaking and important news" from local publishers, officials and organizations, according to Hardiman.

How the platform approached its role as a news disseminator has sparked heavy criticism across a number of different groups. Facebook is done with Trending, though.

Facebook says the trending section wasn't a popular feature to begin with.

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