Facebook fires human editors, algorithm immediately posts fake news
Facebook makes its Trending feature fully automated, with mixed results.
Annalee Newitz - Aug 29, 2016 6:20 pm UTC
Earlier this year, Facebook denied criticisms that its Trending feature was surfacing news stories that were biased against conservatives. But in an abrupt reversal, the company fired all the human editors for Trending on Friday afternoon, replacing them with an algorithm that promotes stories based entirely on what Facebook users are talking about. Within 72 hours, according to the Washington Post, the top story on Trending was about how Fox News icon Megyn Kelly was a pro-Clinton "traitor" who had been fired (she wasn't).
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