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Facebook tags Onion 'satire' in news feeds

2014-08-26 17:26 China Daily Web Editor: Yao Lan

Facebook tags the Onion 'satire' in news feeds

Facebook is testing a new feature that warns users of satirical content posted from sites like the Onion.

Stories posted in users' feeds are being tagged as "[Satire]" in an apparent move to prevent them being mistaken for real news stories.

Satirical stories have provoked confusion and angry comments from some social media users.

Facebook told the BBC that feedback from users has highlighted the need for the feature.

"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," a Facebook spokesman said in a statement.

"This is because we received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others in these units."

It is not clear how many satirical sites will have their content tagged in this way, or whether the trial will be rolled out permanently across the site.

Sites like the Onion in the US and the Daily Mash in the UK publish satirical news stories that mimic mainstream media and often reflect the current news agenda.

But they are often mistaken as real news stories by social network users and even professional news organisations.

An article titled "Tips for being an unarmed black teen", published in response to the recent police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, provoked some angry responses from Facebook users.

A website, Literally Unbelievable, catalogues incidents where satirical articles have been misunderstood.

Last year, the Washington Post was fooled into erroneously reporting that former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin was set to join the al-Jazeera news network - a story written by satirical site the Daily Currant.

Meanwhile in 2012, a Chinese newspaper was ridiculed for reporting an Onion article that jokingly named North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as the "sexiest man alive".

Facebook has faced recent criticism of the management of its news feed feature.

In June it emerged that it had manipulated the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users to see how they would respond to emotionally positive or negative posts.










诸如美国“洋葱”和英国The Daily Mash网站会发布讽刺新闻,它们模仿主流媒体,反应现有的新闻议程。



Literally Unbelievable网站将那些被误以为真的讽刺新闻进行了收录。

2013年,《华盛顿邮报》(The Washington Post)就被戏耍了一回,错误地报道了前副总统候选人萨拉•佩林(Sarah Palin)准备加入半岛新闻网(the al-Jazeera news network)的消息——这则消息是由恶搞网站The Daily Currant撰写的。





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