Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Facebook’s Trending Topics Algorithm Is a ‘Truther’

Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post:

Facebook users looking for more context on why the Sept. 11 terrorist attack anniversary was trending on the platform on Friday were, for a time, directed to a tabloid article claiming that “experts” had footage that “proves bombs were planted in Twin Towers.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to think that canning most or all of the Trending Topics editors wasn’t Facebook’s best decision, especially when it starts giving nut jobs one of the world’s largest megaphones.