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Facebook overhauls trending feature after bias claims

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Facebook said the changes would allow "our team to make fewer individual decisions" on topics

Social media giant Facebook has overhauled the Trending feature on its site to make posts more automated after claims of left-wing bias.

Facebook's 1.7 billion users see news stories and topics picked using a mixture of AI and human input.

Under the changes, descriptions of stories are no longer written by editorial staff, the company said.

Earlier this year Facebook was accused of suppressing conservative views, prompting complaints from Republicans.

A former journalist who worked for the company had alleged that Facebook workers "routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers".

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