Facebook is changing up the way it displays Trending Topics, removing the story descriptions that were previously listed beside topics, and now only showing a simplified topic and its number of mentions.
An announcement posted on Facebook s newsroom website included the following image to highlight the changes being made to Trending Topics, showing the previous box with short story descriptions and the new layout that lists the topic and number of mentions it has generated.
Facebook says the mentions reflect, …the number of original posts that mention the topic and shares of posts about the topic.
According to Facebook, Trending Topics continue to be based on a user s activity – page likes, location, and the previous trending topics the user interacted with, along with whatever is trending overall – but, the Trending Topics product does still include a human element.
There are still people involved in this process to ensure that the topics that appear in Trending remain high-quality — for example, confirming that a topic is tied to a current news event in the real world, says Facebook, noting that the new changes mean there is no longer a need for the team to write topic descriptions or story summaries for trending topics.
Now, the site will rely on an algorithm to pull excerpts directly from news stories that will be displayed when a user hovers over the Trending Topic or clicks on it.