Facebook Alleged Of Manipulating Trending Topics……Smart Devices New Cheat Aid In Exams

Allegations are making rounds that a team of editors at Facebook is manipulating the popular “Trending Topics” by inserting selected articles and promoting a particular perspective, but the social media giant has denied to all accusations.


Gizmodo reportedly accused Facebook of an editorial bias against conservative news organizations. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been asked to address the issue related to the “Trending Topics” row.

Tom Stocky said that popular topics are first surfaced by an algorithm, an external RSS website crawler then identifies breaking events which is then audited by review team members to confirm that the topics are in fact trending news in the real world and not misnomers.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reported that it has an access to leaked documents that shows Facebook’s reliability on old-fashioned news values to determine the hottest stories for it’s billions of visitors. The report added that the documents show that Facebook relies on the intervention of a small editorial team to determine what makes its “trending module” headlines.


Osofsky clarified that they have a series of checks and balances to help surface the most important popular stories, regardless of where they fall on the ideological spectrum, as well as to eliminate noise that does not relate to a current newsworthy event but might otherwise be surfaced through their algorithm.

CRB Tech has come across a latest news that students are using ‘smart’ spy technology to cheat in exams.

With the development of technologies and enhanced availability in cheaper rates in market , smart devices are creating more opportunities of cheating at educational institutions.

Students at a medical college in Thailand have been caught using spy cameras linked to smart watches to cheat during exams. They used wireless spy cams in eyeglasses to capture questions transmitting them to related associates and receive responses through linked smartwatches. On discovering the plot, the entrance exam was canceled.

Though the cheating attempt is being compared to Hollywood’s classic spy dramas but it also shows the disadvantages of such high-tech devices.


Smartwatches are considered an aid to cheating in exams because they give easy access to stored text and images, language translation, mathematical calculations and internet access.

As a measure of check; last year universities globally started banning, or at least exploring a ban on, smartwatches in exams.

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