Well, Facebook really shouldn't have to do this…but we guess the need was too great.
So, have y'all ever heard of a little website called The Onion?
They write some seriously HIGHlarious articles that are completely satirical and in NO WAY true whatsoever.
Which most people know because they have common sense.
Well, it seems that too many people post articles from the The Onion (and presumably other satire websites) thinking that they're actually real, truthful articles.
So Facebook is taking the steps to make sure users do not carry on believing these articles since they're not supposed to be taken seriously.
“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.”
Or ya know, the readers could just realize what they're reading is incredibly far-fetched and not believe it…
But hey! That's just us!
Do YOU think Facebook marking articles as 'satire' is necessary?
- No way! People should know better. (34%)
- Yes! People are too gullible! (66%)
Total Votes: 593
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