Facebook tests 'Satire' tag to help users spot fake news stories

Posted Aug 18, 2014 by Owen Weldon
Facebook representatives recently announced that they will be running a spoiler style "satire" tag on fake news stories from sites such as the Onion.
The Onion.
The Onion.
According to Saving Advice, Facebook said that the new tag is a result of receiving feedback from people who wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others.
Stories that are published on sites such as The Onion and The Daily Current are written in a way to make them seem real.
ArsTechnica spotted the tweak first, according to DigitalTrends. When people clicked on a fake news story and then returned to their news feed, they saw the 'Satire' tag added to the link, and there were other joke articles shown below the article they originally clicked.
This test has been going on for more than a month, and as of now it is not known if the new tag will appear in other places on Facebook. As of now they are appearing on other sites asides from The Onion and The Daily Current, but Facebook did not say what those other sites were.
Last year The Daily Currant posted a piece on Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska. The article was about how she was joining Qatar-based Al Jazeera and would provide commentary for them. A journalist from the Washington Post thought the story was real news and wrote about it, but had to post a correction on its site afterwards.