Facebook Is Going To Stop Writing Descriptions For Trending Topics, New Feature


Facebook, the most popular social networking website takes action against changing its more readable popular “Trending” feature, as it shows users the most-liked about articles of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company’s News Feed team has written in a blog post on Friday, it is letting software almost entirely drive what appears in its feature, scaling back the human intervention that led to allegations of political bias earlier this year.

Today Facebook took the step to reduce the influence humans have over the module by ending its practice of writing editions description for topics, replacing them with snippets of text pulled from news stories. The Facebook’s Trending feature shows users the most-talked about stories and topics on the top right-hand corner of FB’s home page with one-sentence of summary. With that said, Facebook would no longer rely on editors to write descriptions for the topics and would actually show users the topic and how many people are discussing it.

Human beings will continue to be involved in Trending Topics, separating legitimate news events from the hashtags that trend every day (#boss). Editors will also continue to combine multiple tags and keywords that describe a single trend under a unified topic. But descriptions for the topics will no longer be written by editors. Instead, an algorithm will search through news stories about an event and select a snippet to display when users will click on a trend or hover it with their mice.

“Making these changes to the product allows our team to make fewer individual decisions about topics,” the company said in a blog post. “Facebook is a platform for all ideas, and we’re committed to maintaining Trending as a way for people to access a breadth of ideas and commentary about a variety of topics.”

Very soon it will also let Facebook expand Trending Topics to other countries faster, the company said.

(Via: The Verge)