Facebook Removing Trending News Section From Home Page

Facebook Removing Trending News Section From Home Page

In its announcement on Friday (June 1), Facebook said the section was driving only marginal traffic to news publishers. After Facebook fired those editors, the algorithms it replaced them with couldn't always distinguish real news from fake.

The section, which launched in 2014, was created to help people quickly find interesting topics on Facebook. Facebook also ditched human moderators for the section and relied instead on algorithms. During CEO Mark Zuckerberg's recent hearings before the US Congress and European Union parliament, purported prejudice against conservative-leaning posts was repeatedly brought up by lawmakers.

The trending section had been a large target of criticism for the company.

In the last several years, the world's biggest social media platform has become a dominating force in how news is disseminated - 44 percent of adults in America get at least some of their news from Facebook, according to the Pew Research Center.

But Alex Hardiman, the company's head of news products, said in a blog post that users are shifting to consuming news on their phones and through video.

"A test we're running with 80 publishers across North America, South America, Europe, India and Australia lets publishers put a "breaking news" indicator on their posts in News Feed", Hardiman wrote.

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Facebook was accused of suppressing conservative news. These efforts will be funded by Facebook itself, the company said. Facebook faced accusations of political bias in the surfacing of news stories.

"There are other ways for us to better invest our resources", Hardiman told the AP.

According to Hardiman, Facebook will soon have a dedicated section on Facebook Watch in the USA where people can view live coverage, daily news briefings and weekly features that will be exclusive to Watch.

Facebook didn't announce any plans to bring back Trending, or some version of it in the future.

Today In: We're testing a dedicated section on Facebook called Today In that connects people to the latest breaking and important news from local publishers in their city, as well as updates from local officials and organizations. It will also launch news videos like live coverage, daily news briefings and weekly deep dives in its Watch tab, the service's home base for video.

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