by Mary C. Long
In the latest sign that the movie “Idiocracy” was a work of prophetic genius, the big-brains behind Facebook are testing out new [Satire] tags, so that unsuspecting ideologues the world over will stop sharing fake news articles as the real thing. Because we’re all too stupid to know the difference and because we obviously care less that Facebook is sucking out our brains.
Currently in a very limited testing stage, the tags appear only in the “Related Articles” section and only aftera user has clicked on a satire article. When the user comes back to the page, the tag prefaces the titles of a similar nature. So it’s subtle in a “here’s some hindsight for you, dummy” kind of way.
According to Facebook, they have gotten feedback from users that sites like The Onion, Clickhole and The Daily Currant often post fake news articles and videos that will then become liked, comment on and shared.
And this is a problem because the articles will often provoke spirited debates between left and right wingers who failed to grasp the satire (and who just find something equally inane to argue about regardless). Apparently those complaining were not aware that The Onion, Clickhole and the entire cottage industry of fake news sites ONLY post fake news and are repeatedly surprised and angered, which is shockingly similar to this dog’s reaction to its own leg:
So Step One: Recognizing the problem.