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Facebook brings more automation to Trending Topics section, lays off entire editorial team

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Warren Edwards
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Facebook has reduced the amount of human involvement that goes into its Trending Topics section.

The social network has laid off the entire editorial staff who curated the stories and wrote the short descriptions.

Now, the news items will appear as a single word or short phrase, along with the number of users discussing the topic.

Facebook said in a statement that the move to a more algorithmic-based process would enable Trending for as many people as possible, which would be hard to do if we relied solely on summarizing topics by hand.

A more algorithmically driven process allows us to scale Trending to cover more topics and make it available to more people globally over time.

This is something we always hoped to do but we are making these changes sooner given the feedback we got from the Facebook community earlier this year.

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