Facebook tests satire tag for newsfeeds to avoid user embarrassment

Facebook is testing out a satire tag so users can tell when content is fake without getting laughed at.

@ShaneMcGlaun
Published Mon, Aug 18 2014 9:34 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

If you spend much time on Facebook, you have seen people share content from sites like The Onion and others. Many of us know that the content from The Onion and similar sites is satire, meaning it's fake. The problem for some folks is that they think the content is real. The upside for those of us that know the content is satire is that we get to point out their mistake, and make fun of them for it.

Facebook tests satire tag for newsfeeds to avoid user embarrassment | TweakTown.com

Facebook is said to be testing a new satire tag for content in your newsfeed. At first glance it sounds like that will take away all the fun of tricking people into thinking these often outlandish satire stories are true. Facebook is reportedly only marking the content with the satire tag in user's newsfeeds after they click the article to read it.

That means at first glance, someone unfamiliar might think it's real. Facebook told Mashable, "We are running a small test which shows the text "[Satire]" in front of links to satirical articles in the related articles unit in News Feed. This is because we received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others in these units."

NEWS SOURCE:mashable.com

Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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