Facebook ‘trending’ featuring fake news hours after humans replaced with robots

Hours after Facebook fired its “trending” news team and replaced it with robot curators, the social network’s  news section featured inaccurate and potentially offensive articles.

The stories that appeared in the trending news box were previously curated by journalists, who would weed out links that weren’t high quality or from well-regarded publications. Facebook has replaced these human curators with an algorithm that has proven to be less picky when it comes to the weeding.

One of the top trending news stories over the weekend, for example, was a piece titled, “BREAKING: Fox News exposes traitor Megyn Kelly, kicks her out for backing Hillary”.

The article, published by a website called Ending the Fed, was fake: Kelly has not been fired and has not endorsed Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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