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Facebook Responds Over Trending Topics Allegations of Bias

10:22 am on May 24, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Facebook has been criticised for bias in its trending topics, and a subsequent investigation indicates that it has not discovered any evidence of of systematic bias. However, to balance the response, Facebook also said it could not "fully exclude the possibility of isolated improper actions or unintentional bias."

Facebook intends to make a number of improvements...

  • We will no longer rely on lists of external websites and news outlets to identify, validate or assess the importance of particular topics. This means we will eliminate the “Media 1K” list, the list of RSS feeds used to supplement the algorithm that generates potential trending topics, and the top-10 list of news outlets.
  • We are also removing the ability to assign an “importance level” to a topic through assessment of the topic’s prominence on the top-10 list of news outlets.
  • We will expand our Help Center content on Trending Topics to provide more information about this feature and how it works.
    Facebook Responds Over Trending Topics Allegations of Bias [newsroom.fb.com]

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