Gun control isn't the only issue being thrust into the spotlight in the wake of the Parkland school shooting. The concept of "trending" news is facing criticism after conspiracies about some of the students seeped into the top stories sections of leading online content platforms. New York Magazine's Brian Feldman joins Cheddar to explain why he thinks it's time to put all things trending to an end.
Feldman describes what he sees as the problematic nature of content curation. He says sites base their story suggestions based on the quantity of clicks, with no eye towards editorial quality or accuracy. This allowed a video accusing a Parkland survivor of being a crisis actor to rise to the top of YouTube's trending section.
The associate editor says part of the problem is the lack of consistency in how different platforms define "trending." He points to Twitter as an example of a better way to approach story curation. The social media giant uses actual people instead of algorithms to assemble its "Moments."