Facebook Removes Human Curators From Trending Module

Screen-Shot-2016-08-27-at-11.13.57-AM-1Today, Facebook announced that human curators will no longer write short descriptions that accompany trending topics on the site. Instead, the company will rely on an algorithmic process to “pull excerpts directly from stories.” The company also said it will stop using human curators to sort through the news…. It’s important to note that Facebook originally claimed its Trending Topics section was sorted by an algorithm. The company seems to have misled Recode’s Kurt Wagner in a story that has now been heavily edited to reflect a more accurate representation of what was happening. Before our series of reports, Facebook publicly claimed Trending Topics were “topics that have recently become popular on Facebook.”–Gizmodo

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