Sunday, September 11th, 2016

According to Facebook trends, controlled explosions behind 9/11 – conspiracy theory

Jayakrishnan VU | September 11, 2016 2:35 am Print
Facebook put a hoax story in its news trending algorithm, claiming 9/11 attacks on twin towers in New York were result of controlled explosions
US 9/11 Attacks

Social media firm Facebook has put a bogus story On Friday claiming that 9/11 attacks on twin towers in New York were result pf controlled explosions.

Reportedly, Facebook’s news trending algorithm has placed the hoax article on top of the list for some time. Later it was removed finally, admitted Facebook.

“We’re aware a hoax article showed up there and as a temporary step to resolving this we’ve removed the topic,” admitted a spokesperson from the company, as he was quoted as saying to CNET tech website.

Media reported that the story ran by linking an article on The Daily Star that came with such an absurd claim.
Exerts said, trending Topics is relevant news section, not regarding the authenticity of the news.

The news articles on Facebook are selected through an algorithm, which picks them  for their relevancy and time posted. Facebook lists important topics time to time in its trending section.

But it has come under attack for its conservative attitude to political news that are biased and even for unfair work ethics.

Recently, it has improved Trending Topics, making them more automated. It was done through dropping description, which has been done earlier by human editors instead of machainisation. This has come under severe attack from the public as  well as the media.

Now, Facebook has started making use of computer algorithm towards its Algorithm trending section.

It is now following a mechanism of replacing all the links, following an unmentioned time after publishing the stories, without the involvement of any staff or any kind of manual quality controls.

The 9/11 attack story has been trending organically on Facebook and other social media for many weeks now, given the 15th anniversary of the deadly attack in New York. The 9/11 terrorists attacked claimed the lives of more than 3000 people on the fateful day.

Jayakrishnan VU