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>> It's a feature that caused many headaches for Mark Zuckerberg, the trending topics section. But Friday, Facebook announced it's doing away with it. The feature was meant to highlight popular news on the platform. But in 2016, it became a PR nightmare when a Facebook contractor accused editors of deliberately suppressing conservative news from the trending section.
Facebook denied the claims, but then fired all of the human editors, and replaced them with software. The section launched in 2014 will be removed from the platform next week. But controversy isn't on the list of why it's killing the feature, rather it was just unpopular. The move is Facebook's latest was to show that it's reassessing news on its platform platform, after facing a year of scrutiny over fake news, foreign election meddling, and privacy issues.
In April, CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced grilling on Capitol Hill.>> Does Facebook consider itself to be a neutral public forum?>> After if was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Trump harvested the personal information of millions of Facebook users.