Facebook recently announced a change in its trending topics algorithm to combat fake news following its own fake news controversy, according to Business Insider. Facebook came under fire in August 2016 when its human editors, or “news curators,” deliberately suppressed conservative-leaning news. The Washington Post then later reported in October 2016 that Facebook’s new trending topics algorithm allowed an influx of news hoaxes and inaccurate news stories to trend.
Facebook has since altered the algorithm to work toward eliminating the incidence of fake news trending on its site. The algorithm’s change essentially hands the reigns over to reputable media outlets, trending topics that are covered repeatedly by credible news sources, rather than relying on a story’s popularity among Facebook users. The new settings take into account how long a particular source has been present on Facebook, according to the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, Trending Topics will no longer be personalized to each user, exposing readers to a broader range of news and information sources.
Observatories allow scientists to conduct important planetary research, and we must ensure their survival amidst natural disasters such as the deadly wildfires in California. We stand with @LickObservatory and hope that it makes a quick recovery!
This year's Small Satellite Conference begins today! On Wednesday 8/5, Mudd Law will present a side meeting on the future of space debris mitigation under upcoming FCC guidelines. 🛰️Will you be tuning in?
Register for free at https://smallsat.org/conference/registration
On today's webinar, @JimBridenstine highlighted the innovative technologies that emerged from @NASA that we find commonplace today which demonstrates the need to continue support @NASA and its missions. #Bipartisan #NASAScience