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Facebook to Stop Relying on External Websites in Trending Topics

The US-based social networking giant Facebook vowed to rely on its own judgment instead of third-party websites and outlets in determining news stories that would reflect both liberal and conservative viewpoints.

Facebook Says an Investigation Found No Evidence of Bias in a News App

2 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

The social network said it would make changes to Trending Topics, including no longer referring to a list of national news sources.

Facebook’s Trending Topics Are None of the Senate’s Business

When the story broke earlier this month that Facebook might be manipulating its “trending” news section to suppress conservative news, the reaction was quick and predictable. There was an outcry from the right and some users. The site then issued a flurry of posts explaining its editorial position and released its internal guidelines. Show More Summary

Facebook Announces New Response Graph for Live Content

Facebook has announced a new Live feature that'll enable users to skip to the good bits.

Facebook: No evidence of systematic political bias

3 hours agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Facebook says it has found no evidence of systematic political bias in its "Trending Topics" feature. ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp joins CBSN with his reaction to the results of Facebook’s investigation into the alleged suppression of conservative content.

Are Facebook Fan Pages Dead?

Have you ever had any the following questions: "Are Facebook Fan Pages dead?!" "My reach is SO low, does anyone even see my stuff?" "Does it matter how often I post on my fan page? No one sees it anyway!" These are some of the MOST common questions my clients ask me about social media marketing. Show More Summary

Facebook sorry for rejecting ad featuring plus-size woman - CNET

4 hours agoTechnology / Internet : Webware

Ad featuring outspoken advocate for body acceptance was initially rejected because it depicted body parts in an "undesirable manner."

Conservatives Win Pyrrhic Victory in Facebook War

Facebook has caved in to conservative demands that it revamp its Trending Topics feed. Brian Fung describes how the algorithm works: To be considered for a place in the Trending Topics portion of the site, a topic must generally be mentioned 80 times per hour or more. Show More Summary

Why 'Chewbacca Mask Mom' Is The Most Famous Haul Video To Date

VideoWhen Candace Payne, aka the “Chewbacca Mask Mom,” sat in her car last Thursday filming her new Hasbro toy, an electronic Chewbacca Mask from Kohl’s, she inadvertently made history -- not just for Facebook Live as its most popular video, but for the entire haul and unboxing video genre. Payne’s video [...]

ON FACEBOOK, Brendan O’Neill has this to say about Austria’s election: “Extraordinary: 72% of worki…

ON FACEBOOK, Brendan O’Neill has this to say about Austria’s election: “Extraordinary: 72% of working-class voters in Austria voted for Hofer, the far-right candidate, and only 5% of them voted for Van der Bellen, the green. This is the real story of the Austrian election: the left in Europe, and the European Union, now have […]

Facebook says probe found no evidence of Trending Topics bias - CNET

4 hours agoTechnology / Internet : Webware

Social-networking giant says it could not substantiate charges it suppressed conservative news stories but announced changes to the feature to reduce human risk of bias.

Facebook Shifts Topics Feature Amid Bias Fears

Facebook told a U.S. senator that an internal investigation had found “no evidence of systematic political bias” against conservatives in its trending topics tool, but that it will revamp how the feature works to minimize the potential effects of individual biases.

Can You Solve Facebook's Infamous 'Intelligence Tester'?

Some viral posts on Facebook refuse to die — especially when they challenge users’ intelligence. For the past couple of years, this quiz has been periodically popping up on the social media service to test the mental muscles of more than three million users. Show More Summary

Facebook makes changes to 'trending topics' after review

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Facebook says it is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a "trending topic" on the giant social network following a backlash over a report saying it suppressed conservative views.

Facebook investigation reveals no evidence of bias against conservative topics, firm says

Facebook uncovered no evidence that it suppressed news about conservative issues in its "trending topics" feature, the social media firm wrote Monday in a letter to U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.). “Our data analysis indicated that conservative and liberal topics are...

Facebook makes changes to 'Trending Topics' after bias investigation

Facebook's investigation did not uncover "systematic bias" but could not rule out the possibility of "isolated improper actions or unintentional bias" when selecting important news.        

Facebook: No evidence of systematic political bias, making changes anyway

5 hours agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Investigation looked into claims that Facebook's "Trending Topics" section shows bias against conservative-interest stories

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