Facebook says publishers featured in this section are seeing an average of an 8 percent incremental increase in distribution - meaning outbound clicks.

Facebook and other social media platforms have been criticized for their role in allowing disinformation to spread during the 2016 U.S. election, in many cases with the help of automated "bots" or disguised Russian-based accounts.

Facebook fired the team, and since then, algorithms have been largely responsible for governing what goes into the Trending sidebar, which is prominently displayed at the top of the desktop site.

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Facebook really doesn't want to be a media company.

"So we're exploring new ways to help people stay informed about timely, breaking news that matters to them, while making sure the news they see on Facebook is from trustworthy and quality sources", she said. But the trending section also proved problematic in ways that would presage Facebook's later problems with fake news, political balance and the limitations of artificial intelligence in managing the messy human world.

"We're testing a dedicated section on Facebook called Today In that connects people to the latest breaking and important news from local publishers in their city, as well as updates from local officials and organizations".

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In Friday's announcement, Facebook also said that 80 publishers are testing a "breaking news" label that they can pin to their articles in the news feed.

The trending topics section officially launched in 2014 with the promise of helping users "discover the best content from all across Facebook". A perception that Facebook had editorial bias made leadership skittish about even creating the appearance it was suppressing news, which gave fake stories a clearer path to spread. The company continued to modify the section, but Facebook said that over time it became less useful to users.

The company instead said it will explore new news related projects like letting publishers include a "breaking news" label on their posts in Facebook's newsfeed.

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On Friday, Facebook minimized Trending Topics' impact in a blog post announcing the change. It will also launch news videos like live coverage, daily news briefings and weekly deep dives in its Watch tab, the service's home base for video.