Facebook’s trending news section is controlled by a group of contractors who curate the news

Launched in January 2014, Facebook’s “trending news” section appears in the top right hand corner of your news feed. That section is controlled by a group of news curators who are contractors for Facebook, working out of a basement in Facebook’s NYC office, Gizmodo reports. After seeing a list of topics ranked by Facebook’s algorithm, the contractors choose what’s trending, as well as what news sources the trending topics link back to. The curators are also reportedly encouraged to choose from a list of “preferred media outlets,” including NYT and Time magazine, and have the power to “deactivate” a trending topic if at least three traditional news sources aren’t covering it.