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Facebook adds 'satire' label to Onion stories in most obvious move ever

Facebook shocked the world this week by doing the most obvious thing ever: Labeling satire as satire.
Chandra Johnson, Deseret News Modified: August 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm •  Published: August 20, 2014
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Facebook confirmed this week that it has added "satire" tags to posts from humorous websites like The Onion, which recasts and sometimes fabricates news stories to be funny.

The move already has some questioning whether or not labeling the content is necessary.

"Does Facebook think users are dumb?" Ars Technica asked in the article that broke the news.

The BBC stated in its coverage of the decision that some satirical content had been mistaken for the truth in the past, including one instance in 2013 when the Washington Post was cozened into reporting that Sarah Palin signed onto Al-Jazeera as a correspondent.

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