Facebook Trending Promotes 9-11 Conspiracy Story

OpsLensNewsChannelPublished: September 12, 2017
Published: September 12, 2017

Facebook’s controversial “Trending” section set off more Internet chatter when, on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, the phrase was missing from the much-talked about part of the social media giant.

Last month, humans were removed from selecting which stories to "trend" or promote on Facebook. However, when it comes to America’s worst terrorist attack, the algorithm installed in their place may have made another bad error. Along with several social media users, the Washington Post notes that when users went to click on the “September 11th Anniversary” trending topic, they were taken to a so-called “9/11 truther.”

The site promotes the conspiracy notion that bombs and not terrorist-piloted planes brought down the Twin Towers in Manhattan.

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