18 Aug
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Facebook to implement "Satire" tags feature

Social media giant Facebook is now testing a new feature that helps users distinguish between satirical stories from the real ones. Popular online satire sites such as “The Onion” are very popular on social media and there has been a tendency by users to jump the gun without reading the news through. Hence based on inputs and requests from users, Facebook is now planning to a role out a feature that helps distinguish between real news and fake news.
A Facebook representative was quote by mashable saying: 
"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". 
A user even captured an image that had a small "[Satire]" tag on the right side bar in the "related stories" section in the newsfeed. However, that tag is only visible only after a user clicks on a link from the satire website. As per reports from industry insiders, the social media company has been testing this feature for over a month and has even inducted some of the top satire websites into the testing phase.
It remains to be seen as to how this news feature will function in terms of its benefits to the users at large. One thing is clear it will help clear communication and reduce plenty of misinformation being circulated on social media. A lot of inaccurate reporting will also benefit from this feature.
There are no possible downsides of such a feature. But sites that circulate fake news, as real news will most definitely be hampered. In times when social media is on its way to being a beast, such a feature will function as a small cog in the wheel for implanting balances and checks in this medium.
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