Facebook Implementing “Satire” Tag On Posts So People Know If A Link Is Real Or Not
Daily Dot – According to Ars Technica, for the past month, the company has been testing a new “satire” tag for sites like the Onion, and as of now, the tag only shows up in the “related stories” box under the main story. Sadly, this tag will also apply to Clickhole, the Onion’s sister site, which has been producing at least one perfect story a day since its June debut. A Facebook representative told Ars Technica: “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.” So far it looks like just the Onion and Clickhole are getting these tags, and not its imitators, though the rep told Ars Technica other satirical sites have gotten the tag. An email to the Onion for comment was not returned at press time, but we can’t wait to see their story about this. Now Facebook is that annoying guy who overexplains the joke.
Well, this takes the fun out of everything. The beauty of The Onion or Sports Pickle or any of those notorious satire sites is to sit back and watch which idiots think they’re real. Watching Stephen A Smith have a meltdown because he thought the Onion was a real article. Communist China thinking that Kim Jong Un was actually voted the Sexiest Man Alive. Twitter believing the NYPD was actually implementing a “Stop-and-Kiss” policy. The internet in an uproar over calling Daniel Snyder Kike even though it proves their point exactly about the term Redskins. The whole point of good satire is to do it subtle enough that idiots don’t know its fake and thereby your article works to perfection and proves your point. You start tagging shit “Satire” and it ruins everything.
The internet is still the Wild West of news. Its where you separate the men from the boys. You’re Jmac’ing motherfuckers or getting Jmac’d. Facebook has no business helping you out in that department. Its sink or swim out here on the internet.