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Facebook seeks to curb fake news through new 'trending' algorithm

In a fight against fake news, Facebook Inc. redesigned the algorithm of its trending topics section to only show topics from a significant number of credible publishers beginning Jan. 25.

Under the overhauled algorithm, the social media giant will expose users to various news sources and events, and will prioritize publishers with a considerable "historical engagement," The Wall Street Journal reported the same day.

Facebook Vice President of product management Will Cathcart also said in the report that it now needs "a mass of publishers writing about the same topic" to get to the trending section. Facebook will also no longer personalize topics for each user.

Previously the trending section would display any posts that are widely shared by its users, the report said.

Late in 2016, Facebook said that it plans to work with third-party fact-checking organizations in its efforts to identify and warn users about misinformation on the social networking website. In line with this, countries such as Germany and the Philippines are lobbying for laws to make the company accountable for the spread of fake news.