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Facebook's trending topics algorithms keep surfacing fake news stories

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Troy Schindler
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Back in late August, the algorithmically-driven process that had taken the place of Facebook s Trending Topics editorial team pushed a fake story about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly to the top of the trending list.

It was though to be a one-off, but not according to a new report from the Washington Post.

The publication logged every trending story from August 31 through to September 22 using four different Facebook accounts during workday hours.

It found five trending stories that were fake and three that were profoundly inaccurate.

Given the times it logged the trending stories, and the fact that Facebook personalizes them for each user, there may have been more fake items that the Post missed.

One of the news stories arrived the day after the Apple iPhone 7 event.

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