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Facebook Labels Posts for Satire-Impaired

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Facebook Labels Posts for Satire-Impaired

Facebook has decided to begin using a "satire" tag to let users know the "news" they're reading may not be real.

Yes, really. Press:Here had to check a few times to make sure this wasn't a hoax.

"We are running a small test," a Facebook spokeswoman wrote in an email to the Wall Street Journal. "This is because we received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others."

The test is only being done with English-speaking users and no other details, including how the test would last or when it would be implemented, were revealed.

The WSJ suggested that some of the Facebook satire-impaired shouldn't despair because news agencies in China, Iran and even in this country have taken the Onion's fake-news stories literally. Google News also started the first satire tag, so Facebook won't be the first online property to use it.

For the rest of us, though, labeling satire as satire kind of defeats the purpose. If you're not smart enough to figure it out, that's part of the fun.

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