Facebook is updating its “trending topics” box as part of an effort to prevent fake news from appearing there.

Initially, it focused on topics that command the most amount of conversation; sharing, commenting and liking.

With the changes announced Wednesday, Facebook’s trending list will now consist of topics being covered by several credible publishers.

“We think it’ll help minimise cases where maybe one specific story goes viral even if there might not be something real going on in the world about that story,” said Will Cathcart, a VP of product management at Facebook.

Facebook also will stop customising trending lists to cater to each user’s personal interests.

Instead, everyone located in the same region will see the same trending lists.

“We’re listening to people’s feedback and will continue to make improvements in order to provide a valuable Trending experience,” Cathcart added.

The new changes will be available in the coming weeks.



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