Facebook's Trending news box follows fired freelancers out the door

Facebook's Trending news box follows fired freelancers out the door

"So 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". These experiences include things like a dedicated section for news videos on its video hub Facebook Watch, a breaking news label publishers can use on their posts, and a dedicated section called "Today In" which connects people to news and information from local publishers in their city along with updates from local officials and organizations.

Facebook said it is testing new features, including a "breaking news" label that publishers can add to stories and ways to make local news more prominent. Yes, it shows trending news stories.

"From research we found that over time people found the product to be less and less useful", Hardiman wrote in a post.

Facebook is testing new features, including a breaking news label that publishers can add to stories to distinguish them.

Conservatives have often charged Facebook with being biased against them, grilling Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the issue in an April hearing.

"Breaking news has to look different than a recipe", Hardiman said.

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In late 2016, Facebook fired the human editors who worked on trending topics and replaced them with software that was supposed to be free of political bias. It's being tested in 30 markets in the US.

The company is also funding news videos, created exclusively for Facebook by publishers it would not yet name. The product is still in what Facebook calls "alpha" testing, which indicates it's very early days for this feature - an alpha test precedes a beta test, which itself is ahead of a public launch.

Trending Topics started in 2014 and caused plenty of headaches for Facebook.

These new ways include a Breaking News label in the News Feed section for select publishers, a locally focused section that's being tested called Today In, and the addition of news video for US users of Facebook Watch. Lawmakers in Congress and in Europe have raised the possibility of drafting new regulations to address Facebook's privacy violations.

Detailed in a press release, Facebook says that its trending feature was only available in select countries and didn't prove to be popular.

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