Trending feature on Facebook now making the product more automated with the newly update, as well as people will no more require to write descriptions for trending topics.
Facebook had in 2014 added Trending, which was designed to help people discover interesting and relevant conversations happening on Facebook, [about breaking news and events from around the world].
Until today, the company relied solely on summarizing topics by hand, but today's update brings more algorithmically driven process that scale Trending to cover more topics and make it to more people globally available.
These changes mean people will no more require to write topic descriptions and short story summaries, because the algorithm pull excerpts directly from news stories.
The company also said about the alleged political biased claims, "they found no evidence of systematic bias." However, still their team is involved in the process to ensure only high-quality topics appearing in Trending.
Here is how these changes will work, the company explains:
- Instead of seeing a story description in Trending, you'll now see a simplified topic, as well as the number of people talking about that particular topic on Facebook. "This is based on the number of original posts that mention the topic and shares of posts about the topic," facebook said.
- To see people's saying on a topic, now when you 'hover' over or 'click' on it, a search results page will automatically show excerpt from the selected original story, alongwith news sources, posts discussing directly from the top article itself.
- As before, "articles and posts in search results are surfaced algorithmically", which are based on a high volume of mentions and a sharp increase in mentions over a short period of time.
- List of topics, are still personalized based on factors such as Pages you liked, your location, your previously interacted trending topics, and [what is trending across Facebook overall], facebook explained.