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Can You Spot Satire?
By: Jessica Cherok
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Some people simply can’t pick up on a joke. So, until there really is a sarcasm font, Facebook has decided to start labeling The Onion stories as “satire” in order to cut down on confusion in your News Feed.

While some of The Onion’s headlines are obvious jokes, others can be deceptively genuine-sounding. It’s a weird world out there, making it hard for Facebook users to distinguish between links to authentic news sources and parody sites like The Onion. Apparently, the problem was rampant enough to make Facebook implement the change.

The satire label won’t be on everyone’s feeds just yet. It’s still being tested on a smaller number of users’ profiles. Whenever The Onion stories, or sister site ClickHole stories, are posted on news feeds, a satire tag will also appear.

Facebook fancies itself as a source for news — actual news — so stories from The Onion detract from the social media giant being an all-in-one news source. Hard as it is to believe, there are people out there that fall for the fake headlines.

How does The Onion feel about the new tag? The company has not made direct public statement, but it did post an article titled "Area Facebook User Incredibly Stupid." 

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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