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Facebook Set To Eliminate The Trending Tab Next Week

The company says it's already testing different ways to bring the news to feeds.
Posted at 2:10 PM, Jun 01, 2018

Facebook is shutting down its trending topics next week. It's the company's latest move to reform how it shows users news.

The section launched in 2014, but according to a Facebook blog post, it accounted for less than 1.5 percent of clicks to news outlet and was only available in five countries.

Facebook's trouble with the trending section began in 2016 after Gizmodo released a report saying Facebook workers "routinely suppressed" conservative news stories. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with conservative leaders to try and fix the situation.

Facebook eventually did away with human moderators and relied instead on algorithms. Now, Facebook says it's rethinking how to present news to people and testing sections devoted to breaking news and video news.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.