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Facebook redesigns Trending Topics on mobile by adding story carousels

siliconreview Facebook redesigns Trending Topics on mobile by adding story carousels

Popular networking giant ‘Facebook’ recently revealed its latest revamped design to its "trending topics" feature – its latest step to give users a variety of sources on important news events.

The vast social network - which has earlier faced criticism for generating "filter bubbles" that reinforce the views of users, and has been blameed of bias in selecting its news sources - said the new design will present a "carousel" with a selection of websites.

"You've always been able to click on a topic to see related posts and stories, but we've redesigned the page to make it easier to discover other publications that are covering the story, as well as what your friends and public figures are saying about it," Facebook said in a blog post.

"Now, when you click on a trending topic, you'll see a carousel with stories from other publications about a given topic that you can swipe through."

The blog which is is created with an aim to help people "feel more informed about the news in their region,” is signed by Facebook product manager Ali Ahmadi and designer John Angelo.

They further added that there would be "no predetermined list of publications" which appear in trending topics and that the update "does not affect how trending topics are identified," after a series of changes.

In its attempt to weed out fake news by tuning its algorithm to lessen the significance of how much a news story is shared, Facebook modified its formula for trending news earlier this year. 

Regardless of arguing that the research they did discovered no systematic partiality in story selection, Facebook made the changes last year. The popular social network, which has gained nearly two billion users universally, is an ever more important source of news for its members.

Facebook has brushed away the idea that propaganda spread over its network was a major factor in the 2016 US presidential election, but has stepped up the labors to dig over hoaxes and unproven news. However, the all new "trending" design is rolling out for iPhone users in the US, and will soon be available for Android and desktop, Facebook said.

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