India  
NewsR.in
> >

Facebook Scraps Its Trending Ticker – Is Fake News Dead?

One News Page Staff Friday, 8 June 2018 ()
Facebook Scraps Its Trending Ticker – Is Fake News Dead?by

It’s been a long time since Facebook was exclusively used as a social network, despite its technical status as such. Since its inception in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg’s website has grown to become a multi-billion dollar business at the forefront of its industry – however, in 2018, its sovereignty slipped a little with controversy surrounding data the platform shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica coming to light. Cambridge Analytica has since bitten the dust – yet Facebook continues, albeit with a chunk taken out of its reputation and, for some time, its net worth. Beyond this, however, it has also been at the center of concern over the rise in ‘fake news’ – unverified stories – and it appears to be taking steps to eradicate the spread of such content moving forwards.

Facebook is now much more than a social network – for many people, it is a source of news and breaking events, a place for digital magazine stories and memes to be shared – Facebook does ultimately still want their millions of users to continue sharing their lives online as well as consume world events and breaking stories – and one feature, the ‘Trending’ ticker, has effectively allowed the platform to continue as a news platform. The feature, akin to Twitter’s ground-breaking ‘Trending Topics’ bulletin, has been a part of the Facebook UI since 2014 – allowing users to see which topics are being discussed the most across the network – however, with the rise in need for fake news to be eradicated and filtered out, the veracity and worth of the feature has come into question over time.

Facebook Pulls Plug On Trending News Section
Facebook Pulls Plug On Trending News Section

Facebook looks set to discontinue to controversial feature, though it appears that the network has more of a focus on news than ever before – at least, according to Head of News Products at the firm, Alex Hardiman, who advises that a shift in focus and/or methodology may be on the cards for future releases. “We’re exploring new ways to help people stay informed about timely, breaking news that matters to them, while making sure the news they see on Facebook is from trustworthy and quality sources,” Hardiman advised. Following allegations that the Trending ticker had reportedly restricted conservative viewpoints and news only two years ago, it is hardly surprising that moves are being made to help streamline the news and data that users can consume.

Facebook Wants To Hire 'News Credibility Specialists'
Facebook Wants To Hire 'News Credibility Specialists'

2018 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for Facebook – we will have to wait and see what arises in the wake of the Trending feature.

9
shares
Share on
Facebook
Share on
Twitter
Post on 
Reddit
Share by
Email
 
Source: Wochit Business - < > Embed
News video: Facebook Wants To Hire 'News Credibility Specialists'

▶ Facebook Wants To Hire 'News Credibility Specialists' 00:50

Years ago, Facebook fired its Trending News team and replaced them with algorithms after a Gizmodo article featured former workers claiming the site discriminated against conservative news. Then, Facebook tried and failed to suppress hoax news sites and propaganda with a series of methods designed to...

You Might Like


Tweets about this


Other recent news in Internet

IGTV is INSTAGRAM’s answer to YouTubeIvanka Trump gets destroyed after she thanked Daddy T for fixing the IMMIGRATION crisis he created
Chris Pratt teaching JAMES CORDEN how to hike is a glorious disasterGuys, Pete Davidson finally confirmed he's engaged to ARIANA GRANDE
People are texting STEPHEN MILLER, the guy responsible for separating families at the borderMICROSOFT LAUNCHES ambitious blockchain project to help creators get paid

Recent related videos

Facebook Watch Announces 7 Original News Programs for Summer
Facebook Watch Announces 7 Original News Programs for Summer

Facebook is funding seven news programs for its Facebook Watch service, and some of them will feature familiar faces.

Newsy Studio -



Facebook To Ditch Its ‘Trending News’ Section
Facebook To Ditch Its ‘Trending News’ Section

Facebook has announced that it will discontinue its ‘Trending news’ section next week. The feature provided links to news stories people share and comment about on Facebook. Facebook says the..

Wochit -



Papua New Guinea Is Banning Facebook For A Month
Papua New Guinea Is Banning Facebook For A Month

Joel Saget / AFP / Getty Images The government of Papua New Guinea has announced that the country will ban Facebook for a month to study the effects that the world’s largest social network is having..

Wochit -



Facebook announces its 3-pronged strategy to counter fake news
Facebook announces its 3-pronged strategy to counter fake news

New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): Social media giant Facebook has announced its three-pronged strategy to combat fake news. The strategy to counter fake news involves removing accounts and content that violate..

News unlimited -



Facebook Lays Out Plans To Tackle 'Fake News' Issue
Facebook Lays Out Plans To Tackle 'Fake News' Issue

Facebook has announced a new three-pronged effort to combat misinformation on its site. The approach includes a news literacy campaign and providing tips on how to spot false news. Facebook also posted..

Wochit -



Facebook Closes 583 Million Fake Accounts
Facebook Closes 583 Million Fake Accounts

Social media giant Facebook has shut down 583 million fake accounts. Facebook also increased its moderation of spam. It took action on 837m pieces of spam. Facebook also moderated 2.5m pieces of hate..

Wochit News -



•More original news reports from newsR
Environmentally friendly: newsR is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2018 newsR / One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  |  About us  |  Disclaimer  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Help  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter