Facebook Headlines has made quite a stir in the last few months. It faced scrutiny for the biased tilt that they sometimes took toward the liberal media. Now Facebook is giving up on the human-written headlines in exchange for a "Trendings Topics" sidebar that lists the most important part of the news story but doesn't actually reveal what that story is, according to Recode.
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While many on the conservative side might find this to be a cause for celebration, it actually might not be the best thing. First, people ware less likely to read the news, and therefore less likely to be engaged with what is going on around the world. It will also cut down on a lot of the snarky readings of the headlines that people have started to do for a laugh.
The descriptions were often the funniest part of the news. They were designed to be clickbait. There was an abstract storyline with just the names of people and places, followed by a few details but nothing else. Often, other members of the media would laugh because it took away and of the excitement from the story.
Will the human-written Facebook headlines make a return? It is unclear. There might be a resurgence if people stop clicking on the trending topics - or it will stay that way to keep Facebook in the clear.