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Facebook updates 'Trending Topics' feature with less fake news now

Facebook has finally settled on a successful way to list basic news stories by updating its trending topics, almost free of fake news.

Facebook has deployed a revised and more effective version of its most controversial feature i.e "Trending Topics" on Thursday. It has been upgraded to show each user a standardized list of news stories based on an automated survey of what a diverse collection of media outlets are covering. Previously, each individual user saw a personalized list of news stories in the Trending module.

Log onto Facebook's desktop version, there you'll see 'Trending stories' on the right. Stories are sorted according to topic and feature headlines pulled directly from news outlets. Clicking on the topics shows you related media, links, and posts.

It works almost the same way on the mobile app, though you only see Trending stories after tapping on the search bar.



This update is designed to minimize the proliferated fake news crises on the social platform. Will Cathcart, vice president of product management at Facebook, said in a blog post announcing the update,

"Trending uses a variety of signals from News Feed, including when people report news as fake or spam, to help prevent fake news, hoaxes or spam from appearing in Trending. Today’s update may also help prevent hoaxes and fake news from appearing in Trending because the updated system identifies groups of articles shared on Facebook instead of relying solely on mentions of a topic."


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