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article imageFacebook to tag Daily Mash and Onion news feeds with 'satire'

By Kev Hedges     Aug 19, 2014 in Internet
A quick browse through our news feeds on the social networking site Facebook often reveals "news" stories of a bizarre nature. These stories, from publications like The Daily Mash and The Onion have upset some people.
So, Facebook has decided to tag these satirical and often bizarre stories with a #satire hash-tag to warn readers that the story they are about to read is, just that — satirical. The move is being tested and will warn Facebook users that the content they are about to read is not a real news story.
In The Onion this week, one headline entitled "Tips for Being an Unarmed Black Teen" has provoked outrage and confusion among some social media users. The Daily Mash in the UK regularly runs stories which are based on current events but are simply too unbelievable to be real — but many are still being easily fooled. The confusion has led Facebook to announce:
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.
The website Literally Unbelievable documents several stories that are mimicked from real stories but have led to confusion and anger by social media users sucked in by the con.
Not all links are likely to be slapped with a satire tag, but if you post a news story from The Onion or Daily Mash, it is likely the headline will alert other social network readers that the story is not to be taken seriously.
It still remains unclear what specifically prompted Facebook to begin tagging satirical content.
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