"From research we found that over time people found the product to be less and less useful", Hardiman wrote in a post.
Facebook drew fire after actors linked to Russian Federation ran thousands of ads on the platform in an effort to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.
The trending section had been a headache for the company. It also proved problematic in ways that hinted at Facebook's later problems with fake news, political balance and the limitations of AI in managing the human world.
According to the Pew Research Centre, 44% of U.S. adults get some or all of their news through Facebook.
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The trending section promoted popular news articles and topics and was displayed prominently on the home page of Facebook's website.
The company instead said it will explore new news related projects like letting publishers include a "breaking news" label on their posts in Facebook's newsfeed.
Pasquale said Facebook's new efforts represent "very slow steps" toward an acknowledgement that the company is making editorial judgments when it decides what news should be shown to users - and that it needs to empower journalists and editors to do so.
"There are other ways for us to better invest our resources", Hardiman said.
Today In: We're testing a dedicated section on Facebook called Today In that connects people to the latest breaking and important news from local publishers in their city, as well as updates from local officials and organizations.
The Trending feature introduced four years ago listed stories buzzing on Facebook at any given time. The company tried to temper this by removing human reviewers who helped manage trending topics in favor of supposedly unbiased algorithms.
Hardiman provided some examples of what the site may replace the section with in the near future.