Nonetheless, the dustup prompted inquiries from partisan legislators aghast at the thought of political bias.
Facebook's reaction to that 2016 controversy - to pull human moderators off Trending Topics so it's stocked purely by an algorithm - has been cited as opening the door for larger scandals like electorate tampering and misinformation campaigns.
The operational and algorithmic surgery evidently did not have the desired effect.
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Facebook fired its human curators in response, saying at the time that it hoped to automate the Trending section.
First introduced in 2014, the Trending section is going away "to make way for future news experiences on Facebook", Alex Hardiman, head of news products, wrote in a blog post.
"There are other ways for us to better invest our resources", Hardiman said. More problematic was the feature's tendency to spread fake news, particularly during the 2016 presidential election, The Associated Press noted.
The breaking news label that Facebook is testing with 80 news publishers will let outlets such as the Washington Post add a red label to indicate that a story is breaking news. The company continued to modify the section, but Facebook said that over time it became less useful to users.
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Facebook and other social media platforms have been criticized for their role in allowing disinformation to spread during the 2016 USA election, in many cases with the help of automated "bots" or disguised Russian-based accounts. On Friday, one of the site's biggest changes was announced.
Another feature, called Today In shows people breaking news in their area from local publishers, officials and organisations. "However, it was only available in five countries and accounted for less than 1.5 percent of clicks to news publishers on average".
The company is also funding news videos, created exclusively for Facebook by publishers it would not yet name.
Facebook says the trending section wasn't a popular feature to begin with.
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Hardiman said ending the trending section feels like letting a child go.