Facebook is testing a new satire tag for news stories from satire websites like 'The Onion to help users distinguish real news from fake news.
Reportedly, Facebook has already started testing 'Satire' tags after it received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish between articles. A Facebook spokesperson stated:
"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."
Facebook will be posting articles from satire sites with headlines like, for example,“[Satire] FDA Recommends At Least 3 Servings Of Foods With Word ‘Fruit’ On Box.”
Some users reading articles posted from Satire sites on Facebook don't realize that the article is actually not true. Readers have had trouble distinguishing between stories. Recently an article by Satirical-news blog called 'The Daily Currant' about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joining Qatar-based Al Jazeera as a commentator, was actually picked up by a Washington Post journalist as real news, leading the newspaper to post a correction on its website.
Facebook recently made it mandatory for mobile users to download Facebook Messenger. The terms of Agreement caused a lot of confusion among users, leading Facebook to set up a page clarifying why Messenger needs permission for your whole phone. Facebook made the messenger app mandatory after receiving a positive response from users globally.