Facebook Promoted A FAKE Megyn Kelly Story After Firing All Humans From Their Trending News Feature!

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Well this is awkward timing…

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.

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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:

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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.

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Instead, the trending topics section will show user comments, as well as an excerpt from the article itself.

In other words, Facebook is trying to (a) walk back accusations that they are biased against conservative media outlets, and (b) prove that they can curate the news their users want to read.

Facebook blogged about it on Friday — before the Kelly issue — writing:

“We looked into these claims and found no evidence of systematic bias … Making these changes to the product allows our team to make fewer individual decisions about topics.”

Fair enough. Let’s see if it works!

What do U think, Perezcious readers?! Do you like the idea of Facebook’s new trending feature better??

[Image via NBC.]

Aug 29, 2016 1:12pm PDT

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