Facebook Replaces its News Feed with Machines

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On Friday, Facebook announced cutbacks on human intervention on its trending news topics. Instead, Facebook will rely on software to determine its trending topics. This will quell the allegations of political bias earlier this year.

Facebook has removed the descriptions that used to accompany the trending headlines. This eliminates the need for the news curators who write the descriptions for the headlines.

Now, Facebook’s trending feature will only display a hashtag or a headline of a topic accompanied with the number of people talking about the topic. The number of people listed will include those who post articles about the topic and those who make original posts.

On a blog post, Facebook stated the reason for such changes,

“Making these changes to the product allows our team to make fewer individual decisions about topics.”

The tech giant’s decision for increased automation stems from criticism earlier in the year. Back in May, it was revealed that news curators were altering the list of trending topics for political reasons. Although Facebook denies curator bias, the tech giant also acknowledges that its workers had more oversight over the trending topics than what was earlier disclosed.

The trending topics feed is located on the top right of the Facebook page and can also be accessed on mobile when using the search function. The trending topics consist of topics that people are talking about or topics that rise in popularity in a short period of time.

To utilize the trending topics, Facebook users can hover over the headlines to get a general overview, and the user can then choose to click on the headline to see more. The user will then see an article that Facebook automatically selects.

In addition, the trending topics are tailored to each person depending on his or her preferences. These topics are determined through the user’s Facebook activity, location, and likes.

The tech giant will still have curators that manage the trending topics, but they will be doing a different job. The curators will select trending topics each day and make sure the topic deserves to make the list. For instance, a curator will not select #lunch spikes as a trending topic because it appears every day around lunch time. The worker will make sure that trending topics connect to current news events.

Facebook did not disclose information about the number of curators affected by the new change.

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