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Facebook Admits Its Trending Section Includes Topics Not Trending on Facebook
By: Gizmodo
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Facebook’s Trending news section includes topics that aren’t actually trending on Facebook, according to a statement from the company today.

The admission came after The Guardian published a trove of documents, including a copy of Facebook’s “Trending Review Guidelines” used to train workers—known internally as “news curators”—who run the platform’s trending section. As Gizmodo previously reported, Facebook’s trending section is run largely like a newsroom and curators can “inject” and “blacklist” topics.

Facebook’s vice president of global operations Justin Osofsky today said topicsthat can be included in the trending module are first surfaced by an algorithm that “identifies topics that have recently spiked in popularity on Facebook.”

But that algorithm “also uses an external RSS website crawler to identify breaking events,” Osofsky’s statement continued.

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