Facebook’s Trending section featured fake news about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly

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Facebook’s Trending section is trending again.

Friday, Facebook said it would rely less on human editors for its Trending news section — which made headlines earlier this year after being accused of suppressing items from conservative news sources — and more on algorithms.

But if the algorithms were in charge Sunday, they didn’t do a very good job. One of the Trending topics was “Megyn Kelly,” which when clicked led to a news item from End the Fed, an aggregator of conservative news. The report said Kelly, a popular news anchor, has been fired from right-wing Fox News for backing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. No such news has been reported elsewhere, at least not yet.

The topic was still in the Trending section early Monday morning, but has since been removed.

When reached by SiliconBeat, a Facebook spokeswoman said the company had no comment.

Facebook’s Trending section is now showing just the topics themselves, without the descriptions that human editors used to write. Last week, Quartz reported that some editors, who were contractors, were fired by Facebook.

The accusations of political bias in choosing topics for the Trending section came from an anonymous former contractor who talked to Gizmodo earlier this year.

While Facebook said it found no evidence of the charges, CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a meeting with conservatives in May to address the accusations of political bias and try to put out the fire.

As of about 10 a.m. Pacific time, the trending topics on Facebook included Zombieland, McChicken and two items involving politics: Anthony Weiner and #AmnestyDon.

 

Photo from Associated Press

 

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