At the end of last week, Facebook fired all the staff that used to run their trending news department, and replaced them entirely with an algorithm meant to capture the most viral, popular stories with no political or social agenda.
And two days later, a fake story about FOX News firing Megyn Kelly got past the algorithm and showed up on the site's trending topics.
Oops! Looks like that algorithm might need some tweaking…
The issue here centers around Facebook trying to get out of the bias biz and just deliver what is truly trending — something they felt they did when they removed employees from having the ability to write up blurbs about each topic that some felt were slanted towards one side.
While the computer algorithm may be more objective than humans, it doesn't have their judgment; it never realized that the story on Kelly being fired — for allegedly backing Hillary Clinton — was TOTALLY false. Yikes!!!
Maybe just really, REALLY bad timing after dropping their employees 48 hours before, as you can see in this screenshot (below) where Kelly's name took users to the promoted (fake) post:
Now, to avoid a faux pas like the fake Megyn Kelly article, the social media site says that human editors will still vet the list for issues like this, but people will still no longer be allowed to write headlines or summaries as before.
The brunette shared a sweet photo with her former flame and penned a heartbreaking caption in his memory.
The late sports star's longtime love reflected on their time together, writing:
"My deepest love goes out to those who saw jose as more than an athlete, but as a passionate, raw human being. The heart break is unbearable. There was so much more to him than anyone could even begin to understand. I'm fortunate enough to have loved and be loved by jose, and his family, for over 3 crazy beautiful years."
Miz Mendoza admitted she will always love the 24-year-old, and told her followers to never take moments with their loved ones for granted, adding: