Facebook adds labels to satire pages because people can’t tell what’s real

Facebook has started adding tags to satire pages, so he can make sure people don’t confuse satire for, you know, real news.

While smart people on the internet generally know how to say ‘real’ news other than satire, it’s true that many Facebook users don’t. Too often it happens that someone sees an article from The Onion or the Borowitz Report as if it is serious news.

The new tags appear under the page title as a bit of gray texture.

But wait, there’s more! The company also removes the labels “public official” and “fan page” for added transparency. The new labels are based on disclaimers added last year for state-controlled media.

The tags are starting to be posted today, though Facebook notes that it ‘tests’ the feature, so you may still have to deal with family members who unknowingly share satire for a while.

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Posted April 9, 2021 – 12:04 AM UTC