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Turns Out, Facebook’s Trending Robots Aren’t Better Than Humans

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on stage during a town hall at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California September 27, 2015. Picture taken February 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo - RTX2K5PB

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on stage during a town hall at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California September 27, 2015. Picture taken February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo – RTX2K5PB

Facebook has fired the humans who oversaw its trending topics section. The curated list of links to news stories is now what a Facebook blog post callsa more algorithmically driven process.” The move comes just a few months after a controversy over whether or not the site is biased in choosing stories to serve its massive audience—and so far, the “no human” approach is not going so well.

Over the weekend, The Guardian noted that the trending topics included an incorrect theory about Megyn Kelly being fired from Fox News, and the #McChicken, a hashtag that went viral along with a video of a man doing something rather untoward with one of the McDonald’s sandwiches. The article mentions the headline linked to on another trending topic, “SNL Star Calls Ann Coulter a Racist C*nt,” probably wouldn’t have been allowed under previous trending guidelines, which forbade offensive language.

The trending section also continues its habit of doubling up and coming a day or so behind the news. Tuesday morning, three of the top six trending stories in the politics section were about NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit down for the national anthem in protest, which he did on Friday.

Source: vocativ ( By Sam Roudman )

 

 

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Facebook has fired the humans who oversaw its trending topics section. The curated list of links to news stories is now what a Facebook blog post calls “a more algorithmically driven process.” The move comes just a few months after a controversy over whether or not the site is biased in choosing stories to serve its massive audience—and so far, the “no human” approach is not going…

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