Algorithms: it takes humans to get to the truth behind the numbers

Facebook wants to cut down on clickbait; it should try humans

4th September, 2016

L ate last month, Facebook fired the team of New York-based journalists who curated the trending news topics you see in your feed. Such machine-learning algorithms need to be trained by humans, so they were hired to train it to recognise a real, solid trending news story.

The algorithm delivered a feed and the humans chose from there, picking out the actual news from spam and fact-challenged clickbait.

Even though Mark Zuckerberg has claimed Facebook...

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