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Now Trending on Facebook: Take Away Women’s Right to Vote

Facebook’s trending topics suggested women shouldn’t have the right to vote. The social network allowed the hashtag #RepealThe19th to be shown in its trending news column on Thursday. Taken at face value, the hashtag suggests that the idea of repealing of women’s right to vote is popular. Read More >>

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Facebook Stops September 11th Anniversary From Trending Due to Hoax Story

Facebook’s trending news module is making headlines again, and this time it’s for propping up 9/11 truther nonsense as “news.” Instead of simply removing the offending article, however, the platform has now dropped the trending topic—broadly titled “September 11th Anniversary”—altogether. Read More >>

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The New Yorker’s Social Media Editor Rages Against Working at Facebook in Twitter Rant

The New Yorker’s social media editor Saira Khan went ballistic in a lengthy Twitter rant about her experience as a Facebook curator. Her tirade comes just three days after Facebook fired all human curators from its trending news operation. Read More >>

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Facebook’s Trending News Is A Total Mess

Facebook unceremoniously fired at least 15 editors from its trending news team on Friday, as Quartz first reported. The decision to eliminate humans came three months after Gizmodo’s reporting revealed the inner workings of the trending news group, including allegations from former curators that their colleagues suppressed conservative news. Read More >>

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Facebook Removes Human Curators From Trending Module

Yesterday, 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. Read More >>

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Facebook Offers Political Bias Training In Wake Of Trending Controversy

Facebook is adding political scenarios to its orientation training following concerns, first reported by Gizmodo, that workers were suppressing conservative topics in its Trending news section. Read More >>

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Facebook Announces Sweeping Changes to Trending Section

Facebook is enacting a number of changes to its trending news module following a two-week internal investigation. The company’s announcement comes in response to a letter of inquiry from the US Senate Commerce Committee, issued one day after Gizmodo reported on the allegations of one former “news curator” for the trending section, who alleged coworkers regularly suppressed topics of interest to conservative readers. Read More >>

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Facebook Admits Its Trending Section Includes Topics Not Actually Trending on Facebook [Update: Zuck Speaks]

Facebook’s Trending news section includes topics that aren’t actually trending on Facebook, according to a statement from the company today. Read More >>

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Want to Know What Facebook Really Thinks of Journalists? Here’s What Happened When It Hired Some.

Depending on whom you ask, Facebook is either the saviour or destroyer of journalism in our time. An estimated 600 million people see a news story on Facebook every week, and the social network’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has been transparent about his goal to monopolise digital news distribution. “When news is as fast as everything else on Facebook, people will naturally read a lot more news,” he said in a Q&A last year, adding that he wants Facebook Instant Articles to be the “primary news experience people have.” Read More >>

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Facebook Now Shows You Personalised Trending Topics in Your Newsfeed

Facebook will start showing you trending topics personalised to your interests to the right of your News Feed, just under where you're used to seeing notifications about your friends' birthdays and upcoming events. Twitter has been showing trending topics for years, but Facebook's trends promise to be personalised to your interests, so maybe they'll be better? Read More >>

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Here are the Most Popular YouTube Videos of 2013

Surprise, humans spent a lot of time watching YouTube in 2013. And that time wasn't spread equally among all videos. Nay, some videos got more than their fair share of eyeballs. Here are the most popular YouTube videos (and music videos) of 2013, for your viewing pleasure. Read More >>