Short Bytes: According to the news floating around, Facebook has removed the people who managed its Trending Topics section. But, the consequences of Facebook’s actions have been disastrous. A lot of fake, obscene, and controversial content has been promoted by the Trending Topics algorithm.
After the removal of all the humans from the Trending Topics team, the algorithm dependent platform went crazy and started pushing fake and obscene news content. Like,“BREAKING: Fox News Exposes Traitor Megyn Kelly, Kicks Her Out For Backing Hillary”. There was a Twitter hashtag for a man satisfying his phallus using a McChicken burger. Facebook was quick to remove these objectionable content just like they did in the past.
The changes to the Trending were announced in a blog post. The have made some alterations in the look and feel. The trending list will now show less text than before and would be “based on the number of original posts that mention the topic and shares of posts about the topic”.
Facebook’s recent actions can be considered as company’s efforts to make its trending platform human independent or inhuman, as it practically seems. However, the company has hinted that the Trending Topics won’t be left on its own, probably, to prevent the happening of such disasters.
“There are still people involved in this process to ensure that the topics that appear in Trending remain high-quality — for example, confirming that a topic is tied to a current news event in the real world.”
Their “going all automatic” intentions could be inspired from CEO Zuckerberg’s thinking, who has been working on his personal Jarvis to automate things at his home.