Critics want Twitter to halt its trending lists. Instead, Twitter will make tweaks.

Twitter said it would provide more context for trending topics by selecting a “representative tweet” for some

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Twitter announced Tuesday that it plans to make a series of small changes to its trending topics feature to try to improve the quality of information users see, a decision that sidesteps growing calls for Twitter to remove the lists altogether for fueling hoaxes and conspiracy theories.

The problems have been so persistent that researchers and critics of social media worry that the lists of what’s trending on Twitter are severely distorting the U. S. political debate leading up to the November election.

Cohen, a vocal critic of social media, called for Twitter to “pause” trending topics before the election, a move he said would help to “stop disinformation” and “save democracy.

A combination of computer algorithms and a human curation team wouldchoose the tweet, according to the company. “To be clear, we know there is more work to do to improve trends and the context updates we’re announcing today are just a small step in the right direction,” Twitter said in the post from Frank Oppong, a product manager, and Liz Lee, a product trust partner.

To start, Twitter said in a blog post, it would provide more context for trending topics by selecting a “representative tweet” for some trends.

Viral pro-Trump tweets spread from fake user accounts pretending to be BlackAug. “Twitter’s ‘trending topics’ are a common target of information operations,” Kate Starbird, a University of Washington professor of human centered design and engineering, said on Twitter. “Too much manipulation/distortion there for the signal to be worth anything now, and the downsides (of allowing the discourse to get repeatedly hijacked to push false narratives) are clear,” she said.

Twitter said it would provide more context for trending topics by selecting a “representative tweet” for some trends.

Social media trending lists have been a favorite battleground for years for people who want to sway or distort online discussions, either about politics or another subject.

The company acknowledged the lists are flawed even while it asserted they can be saved. “There is more we can do to help people understand why something is trending and to provide transparency around how something trends.

For years, the lists of what’s trending on Twitter have caused regular headaches.

Critics want Twitter to halt its trending lists.

Critics want Twitter to halt its trending lists.

Days before the 2016 presidential election, getting topics to trend on Twitter was part of the campaign launched by WikiLeaks after the organization received thousands of emails that Russian operatives allegedly stole from a Hillary Clinton campaign official.

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