Facebook says it's removing 'Trending' feature

Facebook killing controversial ‘Trending’ feature, breaking news alerts and more coming

The announcement comes after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to Congress in April: "I$3 t's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well". The social network says that this is to "make way for future news experiences". "Today In" is the name of a new Facebook section that will feature the latest breaking and important news from local publishers, local officials, and organizations.

In a blog post titled "Removing Trending from Facebook", the company said that the feature only accounted for 1.5 percent of clicks to news stories.

Facebook eventually did away with human moderators and relied instead on algorithms.

The trending section had been a large target of criticism for the company.

The contractor claimed Facebook downplayed conservative issues and promoted liberal causes. Yet two years later, Facebook still has not been able to shake the notion of bias. In 2016, Gizmodo reported that Facebook's contract workers often chose not to link to news with a conservative slant.

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The Trending section has been on Facebook since 2014, and served as a way to get people talking about hot news topics. The company also will add a section called Facebook Watch where users can view live news coverage along with other content.

"There are other ways for us to better invest our resources", Ms Hardiman said.

Facebook said it is running a test in several countries including in India to let publishers put a "breaking news" indicator on their posts in News Feed. It's being tested out in 30 markets in the U.S. Hardiman says the goal is to help "elevate great local journalism".

Ms Hardiman said the goal is to help "elevate great local journalism". She also acknowledged that more and more people prefer to check out the news on mobile devices and through news video format. It plans to launch this feature in the next few months.

The debate on the social media giant Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and its convoluted relationship with news took another twist Friday as it revealed it was pulling its "trending topics" section for users.

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