When you look at Twitter’s trending topics list, it’s not perfect. Occasionally, offensive terms, divisive issues and the like are highlighted by Twitter’s algorithm, and Twitter is making an attempt to deal with it.
Twitter has launched a new test that will display example tweets along trending topics in its lists. This will hopefully add some needed context to why certain terms are trending.
“In the coming weeks, you should see brief descriptions added to some trends as well to help add context to the trend. Descriptions will provide straightforward, clearly sourced context around why something is trending. Descriptions are developed by our curation team and follow their guidelines. Descriptions on trends will be found on twitter.com and Twitter for iOS and Android.”
Twitter also said that it is “adding pinned Tweets and descriptions on trends to help explain why something is trending.”