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Facebook to pull plug on ‘Trending’ topics feature

Facebook Inc said on Friday it will remove the ‘Trending’ topics feature that compiles popular news from its social network, as it seeks to ensure users see news from trustworthy and quality sources. The move, effective next week, comes at a time when the world’s largest social network is combating the spread of fake news on its platform, which has in some places become central to the distribution of news. Trending accounted for less than 1.5 percent of clicks to news publishers on average, Facebook said in a blog…

Facebook to swap ‘trending’ topics for breaking news

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Friday said it is getting rid of a "trending" topics feature as it tests ways for publishers to deliver reliable breaking news. The Trending feature introduced four years ago listed stories buzzing on Facebook at any given time. "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," Alex Hardiman, Facebook´s head of news products, said in a blog post.…