Facebook to Launch Breaking News Feature with 80 ‘Certified’ Publications Minus Top Pro-Trump Websites

Saturday, June 2, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Jim Hoft
June 1, 2018

Facebook announced this week they are replacing their “trending news” feature with a “breaking news” feature. The new platform will include articles from 80 Facebook approved publications.

Allum Bokhari at Breitbart reported:

“Facebook has announced the end of their controversial “trending news” feature. It is to be replaced by a “breaking news” label that it is testing with a select group of 80 publications.

Facebook has not yet said if the feature will become available to all publications.

Facebook said they will replace trending news — the list of “trending stories” that appear in users’ sidebars — with three new features, one focused on breaking news, another on local news, and another on video.

Facebook indicated that they will discriminate against sources the platform doesn’t deem to be trustworthy, saying the system is designed to keep users informed of “timely, breaking news” while “making sure the news they see on Facebook is from trustworthy and quality sources.”

Trending news, the feature that Facebook plans to replace, was the subject of intense controversy in 2016 — including the threat of an investigation from Senate commerce committee chairman Sen. John Thune (R-SD) — after it was revealed that the editors in charge of Trending repeatedly discriminated against news stories of interest to conservatives, while promoting progressive stories.

Facebook is not open about its approved publications but the far left Washington Post, The Verge and Vox are included on the list.

Pro-Trump publications Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit were not asked to participate.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise.

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