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Facebook is shutting down its Trending Topics section

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  • Mark  White
    Mark White Founder at White Label Media

    FB should have killed it a long time ago — it took an extra 2-3 steps to even find on mobile and I never met anyone who used it on their laptop, which is another reason the Gizmodo story about conservative media suppression was such b.s — (and SocialFlow proved it to be)

  • Max Lockie
    Max LockiePlatform Editor at Quartz

    The trending section was nothing but headaches for Facebook.

    There was a time when I was at the company that Facebook was embracing journalism and executives were becoming comfortable with the idea of having editors on staff. Then after a few accusations of bias - and a 2016 election result that no one saw coming - Facebook has been running in the opposite direction ever since.

    My 2 cents is that Trending is a good product that people like. Facebook should have staffed it with humans instead of trying to engineer their way out of it.

  • Fi Fi
    Fi Fi

    The Trending Topics section got teens talking about the news when they couldn’t be bothered to get off Facebook. I think it could have been great if handled better.

  • Colin Chan
    Colin ChanCo-Founder at Binary Cafe

    Whether articles on a given platform are curated by algorithms or people doesn’t matter nearly as much as the design of the platform itself in resisting the media echo chamber effect. It’s therefore somewhat apropos that I’m reading this on a platform like NewsPicks which as far as I understand it, outsources its curation function, which could insulate it somewhat from groupthink. The question is whether the platform can, in the longer run, engage a diversity of sources across the saner boundaries

    Whether articles on a given platform are curated by algorithms or people doesn’t matter nearly as much as the design of the platform itself in resisting the media echo chamber effect. It’s therefore somewhat apropos that I’m reading this on a platform like NewsPicks which as far as I understand it, outsources its curation function, which could insulate it somewhat from groupthink. The question is whether the platform can, in the longer run, engage a diversity of sources across the saner boundaries of the political spectrum to provide a holistic perspective to its readers on any given subject.

  • I’m surprised it stuck around so long. I don’t think I’ve ever clicked a link that was in there and definitely haven’t looked at Trending Topics in ages.

  • Publishers will not miss this feature. It was utterly unpredictable and more often than not was a vector for introducing spurious/fake news.

  • I like to use this feature to see what others were saying and to put a new spin on it.

  • This was a stretch for FB to be the end all be all app. I personally don't log in to get caught up on what's going on in the world, let alone fake news. There are dedicated outlets and apps for that. Let's leave it to real journalists and editors to curate what's really trending and newsworthy. (Queue Newspicks commercial 😜)

  • Al Boe
    Al BoeFounder and CEO at AlBoeNEWS

    I was always a supporter of the Trending Topics section on Facebook, although I thought it was much better back in the days when it was curated by humans. I’m sad to see it go.

  • Ben Wright
    Ben WrightBusiness Editor at The Telegraph

    About time too

  • Patrick Brennan
    Patrick Brennan

    I thought it had gone a while ago.

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