It’s time to end “trending” on Twitter: At best, it’s worthless — and at worst, it’s actively harmful

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  1. AHughes1078

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    GTA San Andreas is trending right now, because a lot of people are posting about how GTA San Andreas is trending and they thought it was a remaster being announced. So now, it’s trending because of people trying to figure out why it’s trending.

  2. Gequals8PIT2

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    It’s not as if other websites won’t aggregate and report this exact same information. Eliminating it from Twitter doesn’t solve the problem, it just removes the self-reporting of one of Twitter’s own metrics.

  3. 0xD153A53

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    Twitter, itself, is a goddamn cancer. Along with **** like Instagram, it feeds the idea that everyone has something important to say and we’re all equally important in this world.

    We’re not.

  4. joeblow555

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    Simple. Stop using Twitter. Stupid fucking cunts. It’s a company’s attempt to provide something someone wants that will bring the company shareholders value. As long as people keep going to it and clicking on the **** they put in front of them there will be value created for the company and continue reinforcing that what they are doing works.

  5. treetop8388

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    It’s not only misinformation it’s also just amplification. The Covington incident was really a non story but because it trended on Twitter every outlet wrote a think piece about it. Vitality is just a product of platforms, it’s not an indicator of newsworthiness. Hopefully more outlets catch on.

  6. Gauntlets28

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    “Gosh, why didn’t I think of that?”

    No but seriously, that was always the case. Also I can think of specific cases where people have got so caught up in things that were trending that they ended up getting sued for defamation. It’s like a monkey on your back saying “say this unfounded thing, everyone else is already, what could go wrong?”

    And then boom, you’ve spread misinformation about and the bullshit has gone just a little further than it would have otherwise (and you’re getting sued).

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