The algorithms promoted 9/11 conspiracy theories, a false story about then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly, and a parody news article about magical iPhone features, which some say were early indicators of Facebook's misinformation problem.
Facebook, ever eager avoid the liability that comes with being a publisher, said there was no bias.but nonetheless allowed that it "could not fully exclude the possibility of isolated improper actions or unintentional bias in the implementation of our guidelines or policies".
According to the Pew Research Centre, 44% of USA adults get some or all of their news through Facebook.
The "breaking news" tag, which is being tested by 80 publishers, has caused a 4 percent increase in people clicking through links and an 11 percnent lift in people sharing those stories.More news: Unseen for weeks, Melania Trump tweets she's 'feeling great'
The trending section had been a large target of criticism for the company.
In late 2016, Facebook fired the human editors who worked on the trending topics and replaced them with software that was supposed to be free of political bias.More news: Fallout 76: Vault Secrets REVEALED for Bethesda's new West Virginia based game?
Trending is being pulled from Facebook next week and it will also remove products and third-party partner integrations that rely on the Trends API, the company said.
"There are other ways for us to better invest our resources", Hardiman told the AP.
"We found that over time people found the product to be less and less useful", Alex Hardiman, Facebook's head of news products, wrote in a blog post this morning. These experiences include things like a dedicated section for news videos on its video hub Facebook Watch, a breaking news label publishers can use on their posts, and a dedicated section called "Today In" which connects people to news and information from local publishers in their city along with updates from local officials and organizations. Lawmakers in Congress and in Europe have raised the possibility of drafting new regulations to address Facebook's privacy violations.
We'll see if doing away with the Trending section and delivering more meaningful news does anything to improve user trust in Facebook.More news: Holtby, Capitals deliver resilient Game 2 performance
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