Yesterday, we witnessed Facebook working on its new development in a battle to fight fake news, but today it looks like Twitter is also engaging in the field by testing possible ways to drive news content on its platform. A report highlights that the company is examining new algorithm-curated feeds. This technology is essentially a method to place tweets from news outlets and other users at the top of your feed for whenever a big event takes place.
Twitter claims that there are still humans involved in the story selection process, although a spokesperson from the company informed BuzzFeed that there is a high possibility of the system becoming solely algorithmic sometime soon. Some users of the website have noticed earlier this morning that the unfortunate news of the passing of Stephen Hawking, and lots of other breaking news, were placed at the top of their feed.
Keith Coleman, the VP of Product at Twitter, said that “People come to Twitter to see and talk about what’s happening.” He also added that the company is “working on ways to make it easier for everyone to find relevant news and the surrounding conversation so they can stay informed about what matters to them.”
Remember that Twitter attempted to roll out the dedicated news tab in 2015? It didn’t last too long though. This new characteristic remains at the top of your feed/timeline so it might not look too abnormal, but to each their own.
It’s interesting to see how social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are slowly retracting from focusing on the “socialness” aim of social networking, and now concentrating more on the news industry. What do you think about the direction that social media is taking?
Source: | BuzzFeed |
Via: | Engadget |