A satire tag is being piloted by Facebook for fake news stories in the newsfeed, as per the reports of Ars Technica.
Feedback was received that a clearer way is wanted by people for distinguishing satirical articles from others in the others, said a Facebook representative.
As per a report, the tag has been piloted by the company and more outlets are being applied to than just the favorite satirical news site of the internet, The Onion. There is no word on it whether it would become an official policy or would affect which sites.
We might all point fingers and laugh at the users who are unable to tell the difference between one from a credible outlet and an Onion story. However, some most venerable media outlets to date have been pranked by some of the parody sites.
Washington Post had fallen for a prank story about Sarah Palin joining Al Jazeera network. There was a very embarrassing correction in the history of the newspaper, in which “CORRECTION” was written. As per an earlier version of the post, it was reported incorrectly that Sarah Palin had plans for making contributions to the Al Jazeera America news network.
The Daily Current, a successful prank website has built an entire business revolving around fooling public as well as intellectual elite, occasionally. However, it is not always professional pranksters.
Much of the world wide web, including Stephen Colbert swept up with Tacocopter Hoax, a drone food delivery service that was made up by savvy amateurs.
Media attention has been garnered by the Tacocopter site only in the last few days even though it has been up since July 2013. It has got around 14,000 likes and around 4,000 tweets, said Wired.