(Washington Examiner) Facebook announced Friday that it is removing descriptions written by humans from its Trending news topics bar, following accusations earlier this year that the social media giant was harboring anti-conservative political bias.
In place of the short descriptions that debuted in 2014, Facebook said in a blog post that it will use algorithms to generate "simplified" topics, along with showing the number of people discussing the topic — similar to the trends bar on Twitter. The company also updated it's Trending Review Guidelines.
The way trending topics are chosen will remain the same, based on factors like a user's location and pages "liked," the company said. Hovering over or clicking on a topic will reveal what people are saying about it, along with an excerpt from the top article. People will still be involved in the process, but in a more hands-off role: making sure topics are related to actual news events happening around the world.
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