Campus Circle > Culture > Tech
Culture: Tech

Facebook Might Create 'Satire' Feature to Identify News Stories

By Sydney Champion
Facebook Might Create 'Satire' Feature to Identify News Stories
Ars Technica was able to duplicate the 'Satire' button on different accounts.

Article tools
sponsored by

Facebook must realize how frustrating it is for certain people who see a bizarre headline on their news feeds (i.e. "Fireflies Almost Salvage Man's Shitty Done" from The Onion's page) and are unable to discern whether it's real, a satire or a joke. Because of this "confusion," the social media site is testing out a "satire" button.

Mashable reports a Facebook representative said, "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."

Satirical sites, like The Onion, are included in the program, which lets Facebook users know which articles are satire in news feeds by placing the word "Satire" in brackets next to the article after the user clicks on it.

"If a friend posts an Onion link to his or her Facebook feed, click on it for a laugh," explains Ars Technica. "Once you're done at The Onion and come back to your desktop or laptop browser, Facebook will have generated three related articles in a box directly below whatever you'd clicked on."

Although some will undoubtedly argue that this auto-tagging takes the fun out of the articles we see on sites like The Onion, it will definitely take away any confusion you may have after reading a satirical article, especially on sites that are not as well known as The Onion.

So roll your eyes and shake your head, but as the Huffington Post reports, there have been oh-so-many times when (sadly) people mistook satirical articles as actual news

Article posted on 8/18/2014
This article has been viewed 111 times.

Related Articles You Might Like...

Tech Microsoft Reportedly Coming Out with 'Selfie Phone'—God, Help Us 211 views

Tech New Personalized App, Imoji, Turns Your Face Into an Emoji 220 views

Tech Recent College Grad's App Lets You Purchase Items Through Instagram 239 views

Tech New Tool Helps College Graduates Find Jobs by Deleting 'Incriminating' Social Media Posts 352 views

Tech Emojis Only, Please: New App, Social Network Coming 219 views

Tech Tinder Executive Accused of Sexual Harassment 214 views

Tech Yo App Fixed; Founder Offers Job to Hacker 201 views

Tech College Students Hack Yo App 370 views

Tech 2 UW Students Create App for Medical Marijuana Delivery 516 views

Tech Dating Through Technology: A Breakdown: 3 apps and sites college students tend to use. 318 views
Member Comments