Twitter said Tuesday that it plans to make small changes to its trending topics feature to improve the quality of information users see, a decision that sidesteps growing calls for it to remove the lists altogether for fueling hoaxes and conspiracy theories.
To start, Twitter said in a blog post, it will provide more context for trending topics by selecting a “representative tweet” for some trends. A combination of computer algorithms and a human curation team will choose 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 Liz Lee, a product trust partner, and Frank Oppong, a product manager.
For years, the lists of what’s trending on Twitter have regularly caused headaches. There was the time