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Facebook Tests Satire Tag For Fake News

Facebook Tests Satire Tag For Fake News

Facebook is testing an automatic “Satire” tag to help users differentiate real news from fake news articles on the social network. Once a user clicks a link to a joke story and then returns to their news feed the “Satire” tag is automatically added to the link and a selection of additional spoof stories is featured below.

“We are running a small test which shows the text ‘[Satire]” in front of links to satirical articles in the related articles unit in the news feed. This is because we received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from the others in these units.” ~ Facebook

Facebook has been running the test for about a month and will determine whether or not the feature is permanently incorporated based on the data generated from this test.

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