From a hurricane to Brock Turners release, a lot happened last week. But Facebook calculated that a celebrity losing some weight was more important
Last week, I decided to spend an entire day getting my news solely from Facebooks trending topics. Surely the wisdom, culture and intellectual curiosity of the people of the world the great global public will be reflected in this collection of their favorite diverse and engaging news stories?
Heres what greeted me at 8.15 that morning: the world, as defined by Facebooks trending news stories:
- Gabourey Sidibe (6k people talking about this). Eurweb.com says the Oscar-nominated actor has posted Instagram pictures that suggest she has lost weight; somehow the story is tied to a National Enquirer cover showing fake pictures of Michelle Obamas supposed weight gain.
- Pokmon Go (one million people). Forbes reports that Pokmon Gos Upcoming Buddy System Is The Best Thing That Could Happen To The Game even though thats exactly the kind of headline Facebook is trying to eliminate from its newsfeed.
- Kaley Cuoco (7,700 people). The Daily Mail claims Kaley Cuoco (who once portrayed William Shatners daughter in TV ads for Priceline.com) accidentally showed a nipple on Snapchat (though she didnt).
- Actress Lily Tomlin (7,900 people). A four-paragraph Detroit Metro Times article celebrates Lily Tomlins 1 September birthday.
- Jared Fogle (5,100 people). The disgraced former Subway spokesman who has pleaded guilty to having sex with minors and possessing child abuse material is fighting a lawsuit brought by one of his victims by claiming her terrible parents share the blame for her distress.
- Gresham, Oregon (8,900 people). A white supremacist allegedly ran down an African American teenager in Oregon.
- Steve Irwin (11,000 people). A press release about a book by the father of the crocodile hunter was disguised as a news story on Us Weekly.
- Pamela Anderson (10,000 people). Fox News reported on her anti-porn crusade in which she refers to its consumers as losers.
- iPhone 7 (one million people). Forbes published something about a version of the iPhone 7 that isnt being released.
- Richard Gere (22,000 people). A Cleveland Plain Dealer slideshow marks his 31 August birthday.
Hell is truly other people.
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