In August 2016, four months after those stories were published, Facebook fired the entire team of Trending news curators.
Facebook is discontinuing its troubled "trending" section, the social network announced Friday.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, later met with conservative commentators and leaders to defuse an uproar over the allegations.
And so further commitments to change were made, "to restore any loss of trust in the Trending Topics feature", from the bias that Facebook couldn't find. Gizmodo reported in 2016 that the contract workers operating the section gave it a political slant, choosing not to link to news that was slanted towards conservatives.
The operational and algorithmic surgery evidently did not have the desired effect.
"From research we found that over time people found the product to be less and less useful", wrote in a post Alex Hardiman, head of news products.
Facebook has sensibly chose to call it quits, and is discontinuing the feature - which has been a never-ending source of criticism for the company, despite only being available in a handful of countries.
"There are other ways for us to better invest our resources", Hardiman told the AP.
Pasquale said Facebook's new efforts represent "very slow steps" toward an acknowledgement that the company is making editorial judgments when it decides what news should be shown to users - and that it needs to empower journalists and editors to do so.
Facebook also is testing a "breaking news" label with 80 publishers across North America, South America, Europe, India and Australia along with breaking-news notifications.
Facebook and other social media platforms have been criticized for their role in allowing disinformation to spread during the 2016 U.S. election, in many cases with the help of automated "bots" or disguised Russian-based accounts.
Finally, the company is betting big on its video platform Facebook Watch, where it plans to host live coverage, daily news briefings, and weekly news recaps that are exclusive to the platform.
The date for Trending Topics to be removed is Thursday, June 7. The company is also funding news videos, created exclusively for Facebook by outside publishers it would not yet name.
Hardiman provided some examples of what the site may replace the section with in the near future.