Facebook Is Testing a ‘Satire’ Tag So Dumb People Will Stop Getting Fooled by ‘The Onion’


Within the past few weeks, Facebook has been rolling out a new feature that tags links from The Onion with a “[Satire]” warning, effectively killing the whole point of the website and making Facebook a safer place for dumb people everywhere. The “satire” tag doesn’t show up when it’s originally posted to Facebook but instead after users click through to the site then return to Facebook, where a list of three “related articles” appear. Probably the strangest part of the implementation is that it’s limited to the “related articles” section only, and other satire sites such as Onion’s Buzzfeed parody Clickhole are currently exempt from getting the “satire” tag. Ars Technica recently reached out to Facebook for some clarification, and here’s what they had to say:

“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.”

In related news, check out The Onion’s fascinating report from last month titled “Area Facebook User Is Incredibly Stupid.”