Facebook’s ‘Trending’ section is getting a makeover
In a Friday announcement, social network Facebook said that it is giving a makeover to the 'Trending' section on its homepage, specifically to eliminate its hot topics which show up next to descriptions which are written by humans.
The 'Trending' section on Facebook's homepage is a small section which lists a few popular news topics. The section triggered a controversy earlier this summer, when tech news site Gizmodo revealed in a report that the section was apparently biased against conservative news outlets.
Though Facebook strongly opposed the accusations of anti-conservative bias, it is now bringing about a change in the 'Trending' section which will no longer show hot topics next to human-written descriptions.
As a result of the change, Facebook will now show each subject -- basically a current event, or the latest scandal involving a celebrity -- next to the number of people involved in discussions about the subject on the social networking site.
In a blog post announcing the changes being made to the 'Trending' section, Facebook said that is objective is "to enable Trending for as many people as possible, which would be hard to do if we relied solely on summarizing topics by hand;" and added: "A more algorithmically driven process allows us to scale Trending to cover more topics and make it available to more people globally over time."