Face­book makes trend­ing news more au­to­mated

The Myanmar Times - - World -

So­cial me­dia leader Face­book is fur­ther au­tomat­ing its “trend­ing” sto­ries fea­ture, a move that will scale back hu­man in­put to pre­vent personal bias from in­flu­enc­ing which sto­ries get high­lighted. The so­cial me­dia gi­ant will rely more heav­ily on an al­go­rithm to op­er­ate the fea­ture – which lists what news or events are hot top­ics – no longer re­quir­ing peo­ple to write de­scrip­tions, ac­cord­ing to a Face­book blog post. The fea­ture prompted con­tro­versy ear­lier this year, with crit­ics al­leg­ing that Face­book’s news cu­ra­tors were de­lib­er­ately omit­ting sto­ries from po­lit­i­cally con­ser­va­tive out­lets, al­le­ga­tions the com­pany de­nied.

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