Facebook Updates 'Trending' Feature To Fight Fake News, Removes Personalized Topics : TECH : Tech Times
Facebook is making changes to its trending topics algorithm, which stands as another effort to rid its platform of fake news, the bulk of which has issued a caustic and oft-controversial slew of allegations.
Facebook's trending topics software will now only feature topics that have been covered by a significant crowd of trustworthy publishers starting Wednesday, Jan. 25, a transition that'll diminish fake news stories by virtue of prioritizing information sources that have been around longer.
Trending Topics No Longer Personalized
Moreover, trending topics will no longer be a personalized array with respect to individual Facebook users but will instead be a wide coterie of different topics so as to puncture the proverbial bubble — and by extension, the echo chamber that perpetuates isolated views — and expose Facebook users's different areas of interest.
Facebook says that it's "listening to people's feedback" and will apply further enhancements down the line to enrich the Trending experience.