This Thursday, May 31, 2018, photo shows the Trending section on a Facebook account in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated "trending" news section after four years, a company executive told the Associated Press.It fit nicely into CEO Mark Zuckerberg's pledge just a year earlier to make Facebook its users' "personal newspaper".Facebook also wants to make local news more prominent.In early 2017, Facebook made another attempt to fix the trending section, this time by including only topics covered by several news publishers.Ultimately, Facebook appears to conclude that trying to fix the headaches of trending wasn't worth the meager benefit the company, users and news publishers saw in it.The company is also funding news videos, created exclusively for Facebook by outside publishers it would not yet identify.Facebook says the trending section wasn't a popular feature to begin with. While Facebook got outsized attention for the problems the trending section had – perhaps because it seemed popular with journalists and editors – neither its existence nor its removal makes much of a difference when it comes with Facebook's broader problems with news.
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