Brazilian wins the Nobel math after calculating the age of Gloria Maria. Carla Perez viraliza the networks after writing right at Twitter. Planalto computer changes GDP to 7%. Of course these stories are false and come from humorous sites, but apparently Facebook found that not everyone knows it – so is testing a novelty that is to indicate those posts tagged “satire”.
The experiment, according to Ars Technica, is taking place a month ago. However, the test still seems to be restricted to a site, the famous American The Onion. That is, at least for now, Facebook will not prevent your unsuspecting friends become frightened or angry about some “news” from the sensationalist, Journal VDD or Piaui Herald.
Also, the feature is working very discreet: a “satire” appears only in the related articles, those that appear after the user clicks on the link and post back to Facebook. It seems that Facebook does not want much affect traffic that directs to third sites – and that is no longer as high as in the old days.
Facebook confirmed the experiment, saying that the “small test” is being done because users “wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from other articles.” Like any test, it can never be released for all users. If it is, we’ll probably less laughter with unsuspecting classmates in the future.