Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Facebook has killed the hated Trending Topics bar

Others have hammered the company over not initially doing enough to stop the rampant spread of "fake news" across its site.

Facebook's "trending" topics section had become a focal point of such criticisms.

Facebook will remove its troubled "Trending Topics" section next week, the company said Friday, signaling that the controversial feature was better off dead as Facebook builds different products for news.

"We're removing Trending soon to make way for future news experiences on Facebook", Alex Hardiman, head of Facebook's news products, said in a written statement on Friday. But she said Facebook's focus now is prioritizing trustworthy, informative news that people find useful.

Facebook's decision to kill the Trending section comes after a long, dubious saga in which the social network was widely criticized for the effectiveness and legitimacy of the feed. "News Video in Watch" will allow people to see live coverage, daily news briefings and exclusive content.

Trending is being pulled from Facebook next week and it will also remove products and third-party partner integrations that rely on the Trends API, the company said.

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Pasquale said Facebook's new efforts represent "very slow steps" toward an acknowledgement that the company is making editorial judgments when it decides what news should be shown to users - and that it needs to empower journalists and editors to do so. But this later landed the company in trouble with conservatives over claims that editors were not featuring stories from conservative news sites.

"I consider us to be a technology company because the primary thing that we do is have engineers who write code and build product and services for other people", he told Congress. "We're also testing breaking news notifications". For example, Facebook has been testing letting media publishers issue "breaking news labels" when important stories hit.

In 2016, a report alleged that Facebook employees. The section will also include updates from local officials and organizations that have a Facebook page.

Of course, Facebook will still offer you access to news, including trending and breaking news.

Detailed in a press release, Facebook says that its trending feature was only available in select countries and didn't prove to be popular.

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