Facebook redesigns trending topics a year after bias allegations
Facebook announced Wednesday it has redesigned its 'Trending Results' page to include coverage from multiple publications outside of one's primary interests in addition to news from family and friends. The company announced earlier this year that there is no predetermined list of publications that are eligible to appear in the Trending Results page and that trending topics and publications featured will be based on algorithms that combine popularity and engagement.
Why it matters: Facebook came under fire last Spring after reports that its human moderators were suppressing conservative content, leading to an inquiry by the Senate Commerce committee. To reduce liability, Facebook removed human moderators from its trending topics column that Summer, though humans still field content complaints. Today's announcement is the first major update to the Trending Topics feature this year.