After Accusations of Political Bias, Facebook Trends FAKE Megyn Kelly News Story

Facebook has put a fake story in its trending news – just two days after it fired all staff on the feature and replaced them with an algorithm.

The social media giants had a false story about Megyn Kelly being fired by Fox News in the controversial section which has been revamped following claims it was biased.

The link posted on the site went to story suggesting the popular host had been fired for backing Hillary Clinton.

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There have been rumors circulating about her future at the network in the midst of the Roger Ailes sex assault scandal.

The story later dropped out of the section on Sunday evening, but not before it was shared thousands of times.

On Friday, Facebook said they would be no longer writing descriptions to go alongside the news stories.

Although it denied bias, Facebook has sought to reassure users that it’s not showing favoritism when it highlights stories that are drawing comment on the social network.

Facebook says topics are selected by an algorithm that considers how often users post or share articles. Editors will still vet the list, but the feature will no longer include headlines or summaries written by editors. Instead it will show a selection of user comments and an excerpt from a news article.

Earlier, Facebook said editors would stop relying on outside news outlets to help decide which topics should be highlighted.

The feature prompted controversy earlier this year, with critics alleging that Facebook’s news curators were deliberately omitting stories from politically conservative outlets, allegations the company denied.

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Facebook said relying more heavily on software will allow the feature to cover a wider scale, while lessening the risk that personal bias could manipulate the list of trending topics.

‘We looked into these claims and found no evidence of systematic bias,’ Facebook reiterated in its blog post Friday, but added that ‘making these changes to the product allows our team to make fewer individual decisions about topics.’

With the change, instead of seeing story summaries in the trending list, users will simply see topics and the number of people talking about them.

Letting a cursor hover over a topic will show ‘an automatically selected original news story with an excerpt pulled directly from the top article itself.’

Humans will still be involved in the process to ensure that topics are real-world news and not based on an internet trend like #lunch.

This article originally appeared on the Daily Mail.