Facebook changes "Trending Topics" in wake of controversy



Move fast and break stuff can also mean Facebook’s own rules, especially in the wake of a torrent of criticism.

Facebook announced on Monday afternoon that it would no longer be using other websites and media outlets to determine what belongs in the “Trending Topics” section. 

“This means that we will discontinue use of the top-10 list of news outlets, the Media 1K list, and the RSSfeed,” wrote Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch in a letter to Senator John Thune.

Thune had been the most vocal politician to come out against Facebook after some of the social network’s former contractors alleged that there had been instances in which conservative media outlets were suppressed  in the Trending Topics section. Read more…

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Facebook changes “Trending Topics” in wake of controversy

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