Facebook is finally shuttering its Trending topics section

Facebook also ditched human moderators for the section and relied instead on algorithms.

The company claims the tool is outdated and wasn't popular.

The social network announced this morning it's removing its often controversial "Trending" section from its site next week, in order to make way for "future news experiences", it says. The feature accounted for an average of less than 1.5% of clicks to news publishers from.

Facebook drew fire after actors linked to Russian Federation ran thousands of ads on the platform in an effort to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

The section will be removed from Facebook next week, the company said Friday.

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The quality of news on Facebook has been called into question after alleged Russian operatives, for-profit spammers and others spread false reports on the site, including during the 2016 US election campaign.

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In many ways, those issues foreshadowed Facebook's more recent problems with fake news and political balance.

"A test we're running with 80 publishers across North America, South America, Europe, India and Australia lets publishers put a "breaking news" indicator on their posts in News Feed", Hardiman wrote.

In August 2016, four months after those stories were published, Facebook fired the entire team of Trending news curators. The company continued to modify the section, but Facebook said that over time it became less useful to users.

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Finally, the company is betting big on its video platform Facebook Watch, where it plans to host live coverage, daily news briefings, and weekly news recaps that are exclusive to the platform.

"There are other ways for us to better invest our resources", Hardiman told the AP.

These new ways include a Breaking News label in the News Feed section for select publishers, a locally focused section that's being tested called Today In, and the addition of news video for United States users of Facebook Watch.

Another feature, called Today In shows people breaking news in their area from local publishers, officials and organisations. The company is also funding news videos, created exclusively for Facebook by outside publishers it would not yet name. The company says it's killing that feature next week in order to focus on other news features.

Hardiman said ending the trending section feels like letting a child go.

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