Literal-users of Facebook may soon get some help when it comes to discerning whether a post is news or satire. Of course, by “help” I mean Facebook is literally going to spell it out.
Facebook is currently running a beta test on some users’ profiles, in which they’ve tagged satirical posts so that users understand the content isn’t real.
Yes, they’ve actually put a “satire” label on them.
While it sounds like a simple enough addition to the news stream, it does beg a few questions — Is it enough and why stop at just labeling satire?
Just think of all the things we could clear up. Labels could range from bragging about my awesome — fill in blank — to food photos, and more. Just think about the possibilities.
No longer will anyone need to be confused by those small little humans or fuzzy non-human photos that keep showing up on their news feed (my baby and my dog/cat are adorable posts — respectively).
And on that note, I’d just like to clear one more thing up:
Satire (noun) — The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
More on the Story: TIME
…just for fun:
In case there’s still some confusion, here’s another example of satire—