"People tell us they want to stay informed about what is happening around them", wrote Alex Hardiman, Head of News Products at Facebook, in an announcement. But at that time fake news was not a popular term and no foreign country had been accused of trying to influence the United States elections through social media, as Russian Federation would be.
Facebook's controversial Trending section has fallen out of fashion and will be removed next week, along with products and third-party partner integrations that rely on the Trends API.
Facebook announced on Friday that it planned to remove Trending, a module on the right-hand side of Facebook's desktop site that shows news stories people are discussing and sharing.
"From research we found that over time people found the product to be less and less useful", Hardiman said.
Breaking News Label: A test we're running with 80 publishers across North America, South America, Europe, India and Australia lets publishers put a "breaking news" indicator on their posts in News Feed.
In late 2016, Facebook fired the human editors who worked on the trending topics and replaced them with software that was supposed to be free of political bias.
How the platform approached its role as a news disseminator has sparked heavy criticism across a number of different groups.
The contractor claimed Facebook downplayed conservative issues and promoted liberal causes. However, the company declined to provide a list of publishers or details on the funding.
While Facebook got attention for the problems the trending section had - perhaps because it seemed popular with journalists - neither its existence nor its removal makes much difference in regards to Facebook's broader problems with news. It plans to launch this feature in the next few months.
Detailed in a press release, Facebook says that its trending feature was only available in select countries and didn't prove to be popular.
Trending was only available in a handful of countries, and accounted for a paltry fraction of clicks through to news publishers, according to Hardiman.
And in almost the same breath, he then went on to admit that Facebook pays to "help produce content" - as it's doing now with these new news videos.
The Red Sonja actress was married to Kasper from 1983 until 1984, then Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone from 1985 until 1987. Nielsen shared the surprising news with her 99.8k Instagram followers, in a series of posts that built up to the big reveal.
The top eight seeds and regional pairings will be announced during the NCAA's baseball selection show Monday at 11 a.m. on ESPNU. Aliyah Andrews led off with a single back to the pitcher and Taryn Antoine followed with a double to left center.
Our review of Solo describes the movie as "uninspired and visually boring ", albeit with intriguing potential for a sequel. But in that instance, it went from releasing an origin story followed by an established Avengers movie.
He says he is now a regular of Sip and Savor, an independent coffee shop in Hyde Park, just a few blocks from a Starbucks. The pair say their experience is a teachable moment that can lead to change. "'Why do we have to do this?'" Hornes said.
Ivey activated the state's emergency operations centre while the Alabama National Guard activated its high water evacuation teams. There, almost two inches of rain fell, while some four inches fell in other areas, the Panama City News Herald reported .
An official with the National Security Council stressed that nothing had been offered to secure Holt's release. It's not clear if Holt's release portends a thawing of relations between the two normally hostile governments.
Orlando Police Department officials stress that it's just a test and the technology is not being used for investigative purposes. Amazon's technology isn't that different from what face recognition companies are already selling to law enforcement agencies.
Anytime you hit a curve going about 60 miles per hour and struck his head, I don't know, but we're going to find out. After saying Wright called him about the accident, he told police his phone was in the auto .
Alberto expected to make landfall Monday
Heavy rain with a possibility of thunderstorms are expected to begin moving into the area from about 1 p.m.to 7 p.m., Mott said. STORM SURGE: Water levels along the northeast Gulf of Mexico coast are receding, and will continue to do so overnight.
New Zealand Orders Mass Cattle Cull To Eradicate Disease
The government said it would bear around two-thirds of the cost, while farmers and the cattle industry will pay the rest. The government is announcing its decision about whether to eradicate or contain the cattle disease, Mycoplasma bovis .
Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment
When Ramirez's struggles this month continued, Cora said the team - and Ramirez - were better served with him gone. In designating Hanley Ramirez for assignment, the Red Sox dumped one of the purest hitters on their roster.
With US talks in limbo, Korean leaders hold surprise summit
China, South Korea and the USA all back denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, but differ on how to make that happen. Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself.
US Gulf Coast braces for Alberto battering
Tropical storm warnings and watches have been issued for parts of the MS coast all the way to the western Gulf Coast of Florida. It is showing signs of transitioning to something more tropical as deeper convection has developed near the center.
The NFL's Crackdown on Player Protests
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin , speaking after a team practice on Thursday, called Trump "an idiot, plain and simple". Vice President Mike Pence called it "a win for the fans, a win for (the president), and a win for America".