Facebook says its Trending Topics picks weren’t biased, but is fixing its policies anyway


Following accusations of deliberately manipulating its Trending Topics section to suppress content from conservative media, it came to light that Facebook did have humans working on the feature, and even issued guidelines on how they could manually add topics to the list. On May 10, Senator John Thune published an open letter (PDF) addressed to Facebook, demanding an explanation of how it handled news articles in its ‘Trending’ list. The company has now responded after launching an investigation into the matter, saying it’s found no indication of systemic bias in its policies: Our investigation has revealed no evidence of systematic…

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