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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed 131

An anonymous reader writes "In an attempt to keep you from having to explain to your crazy relatives that despite what they read, Vice President Biden *didn't* get a grow light delivered to the White House under a fake name, Facebook is testing a "satire" tag on news feeds. A Facebook representative issued the following statement to Ars Technica: "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."
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

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  • by hduff ( 570443 ) <> on Sunday August 17, 2014 @06:52PM (#47691291) Homepage Journal

    Some people are too stupid to breathe. Or breed.

    The stupid people appear to breed quite well. It's the neckbeards with the Cheetos-stained fingers that are unsucessful at breeding.

  • Daily Currant (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Cowclops ( 630818 ) on Sunday August 17, 2014 @07:12PM (#47691391)

    I just wish people would stop linking to Daily Currant articles. Their version of "Satire" is posting articles that aren't funny, but ARE plausible, just to incite a reaction. Its not like The Onion where the humor is usually right in the headline.

    I wouldn't have a problem with it if they were skilled writers and I cracked up laughing while reading the article. Except its crap like "Sarah Palin: âEat Less Chinese Foodâ(TM) to Reduce Trade Deficit" or "Hilary: I'm running!"

    I wouldn't be surprised if Sarah Palin said something like that, and I wouldn't be surprised if Hilary Clinton was running for president. Except there's no humor in fabricating plausible stories.

  • East end subway (Score:5, Insightful)

    by SternisheFan ( 2529412 ) on Sunday August 17, 2014 @07:45PM (#47691519)
    There are two types of people in this life, those who 'get' satire, and those who don't.

    On the east end of Long Island, NY, there's a free magazine called "Dan's Papers". A running article series has been written over two years on the subway system that connects several east end towns, from Southampton to Montauk. It's very well written, with continuous updates. say, about how the suggestion box at the Southampton station has been moved to an area where people will not bump against it anymore. And it is completely a goof. Still, I've met a few people who truly believe that an east end subway exists because, "It's in Dan's Papers! I've read all about it!" These people have asked me, with complete sincerity, if I know where the subway entrance is in their town. When I tried to tell one woman how I truly doubted that a subway exists (I didn't want to make her feel dumb), she left still sure of this subways existence. These are the same type of people who a few years back fell for the deer/lion hunt planned on the east end in order to help 'thin out the herd', another one of 'Dan's Papers' classic jokes. []

    Labeling an article as satire would take all the fun out of it for those of us who 'get it'.

  • Re:Says who? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 17, 2014 @08:00PM (#47691577)

    And who determines if the content at that URL is satirical in nature? Facebook? Looks like they've merely added that "tag" for all URLs from the Onion.

    Let's face it, the Onion is a well known satyrical news site and there is no real confusion about it's satyrical nature for most open minded people with a well developed sense of humor. However conservatives, being rather closed minded and prone to panicking, seem to be unable to tell the difference between satyrical news sites like the Onion and real news. What originally tipped the scales and caused Facebook to launch this project was an incident during the Bush administration where the administration spent vast amounts of money planning the invasion Nukehavistan []. Eventually somebody clued the White House in on the joke but by then they had already invaded Afghanistan. Another interesting fact bit about the satire tag is that it has taken Facebook nine years of intensive development and testing to develop ... a 'tag'.

God help those who do not help themselves. -- Wilson Mizner