Facebook Latest News & Update: Sept. 11 Attack Story Hoax?

By Jennifer R. Irvin , Updated Sep 10, 2016 08:10 AM EDT
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Facebook reportedly promoted a tabloid story from a British origin that pushes an alleged bogus and conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11 attack. The publish happened two days before the 15th anniversary of 9/11  as the country prepared to honor the nearly 3,000 people who died from the incident.

The article promoted by Facebook is titled "September 11: The Footage that Proves Bombs were Planted in Twin Towers." The story discussed familiar talking points from the conspiracy set which cited a growing community of experts who revealed the evidences that indicated that the towers were brought down in a controlled demolition. Additionally, people who were part of the 9/11 truther movement have been spreading such talk for years now.

The said Facebook article was purportedly shown in the Trending Topics section of the social media giant, The Washington Post reported. The story was then allegedly removed around 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday from the Trending Topics section after Facebook was confronted with questions about it.

Facebook representative discussed in an email that they were aware of a hoax article that popped up so they temporarily removed it as a step to resolve the issue. This is not the first time that Facebook had to face this kind of issue as a fake story about journalist Megyn Kelly being kicked off from Fox News was also promoted in its Trending Topics section. Reports claimed that an anti-Federal Reserve blog named "Ending the Fed" published the article entitled "BREAKING: Fox News Exposes Traitor Megyn Kelly, Kicks Her Out for Backing Hillary."

Facebook announced the change in its automated Trending Topics section on Aug. 26. Since then, many controversial stories have been promoted from the said section. However, Facebook clarified that have people involved in ensuring that the topics that appear in Trending remain high-quality, NY Daily News reported. Watch the video about remembering 9/11, the Pentagon attack here.

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