Monday, August 18, 2014

Don't Worry Facebook Knows You Are Stupid

It can be tough on the Internet.  Everyday the preferred information collection avenue for millions is awash with inaccurate, unverified "news" that can confuse and misinform those who are looking for some answers.

I know how to use the internet, but I have no idea how to evaluate information!


This is especially true if you are a complete idiot. However, you don't need to worry anymore morons of the world. No longer will you have to be left to wonder if Busch Garden's new 9,600-mile-long roller coaster an obvious, ridiculous joke or something that exists in reality?

Oh boy.

Or if you must live in constant fear that Mecha Osama Bin Laden will destroy your city with extreme prejudice.

It's trouble my friend.  Giant trouble.


This is because Facebook, the Internet's most trusted and lovable source of (mis)information has you covered.  From now on, articles posted to the social networking site that originate from The Onion, the Internet's massively popular satire news site, will now be marked as satire.  Can you hear that?  Everywhere stupid people have uttered a sigh of relief that their Anytown USA will not fall victim to an "Enraged 500ft Tall Bin Laden."  Thank god!

In a statement to Ars Technica, a Facebook spokesperson explained the move was a "small test" in response to "feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others." For now, the tag only appears in the site's "Related Articles" tab, but Facebook wouldn't say if they had plans to display the disclaimer elsewhere in the future.

There's only one problem here.  If you believe that you could be attacked by a giant Bin Laden whilst riding a 9,000 mile long roller coaster, are you going to know what the word satire means?  It's probably okay though, you can just ask others on Twitter what it means.


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