TalentZoo.com |  Beyond Madison Avenue |  Flack Me |  Beneath the Brand Archives  |  Categories
Facebook Admits Its Trending Section Includes Topics Not Trending on Facebook
By: Gizmodo
Bookmark and Share Subscribe to the Digital Pivot RSS Feed Share
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.


Bookmark and Share Subscribe to the Digital Pivot RSS Feed Share
blog comments powered by Disqus
About the Author
This was originally published on Gizmodo. A link to the original article follows the piece.
Digital Pivot on

Advertise on Digital Pivot
Return to Top