Writers for satire sites such as The Onion have become so adept at their craft that Facebook users routinely and erroneously share their posts as “real news,” and the social network is apparently testing a way to save those users from embarrassment.
Ars Technica reported that Facebook is testing a satire tag on posts from The Onion and similar sites, but thus far, satire tags are only appearing in the social network’s related articles module.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the test to Ars Technica, saying:
We are running a small test that 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.
According to Ars Technica, the test has been ongoing for more than one month, and other satirical sites are involved, as well, which Facebook declined to name. The social network also would not say if the satire tag would appear in other locations.
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