The Washington Post is running an incredible series of articles detailing how a small tweak to Facebook's 'trending topic' feature (namely the firing of its human editorial team in favour of engineers and algorithms) has led to Facebook frequently highlighting false or misleading news stories in people's newsfeeds.

This is even more alarming in the context of Brexit, the rise of Trump, and the refugee crisis where false stories and conspiracies have had a huge influence on public opinion. 

We discuss artificial intelligence and algorithms a lot in this space, deservedly so, they are wonders of engineering achievement. But when it comes to news content, the human editor is still king – and should stay so.