Facebook will add labels such as “satire page” or “public official” to posts to help users “better understand” the intent behind posts, the company announced on Thursday.
The labels will appear underneath Facebook posts from various public accounts and will include a description for why the post is labeled, according to a statement from Facebook Newsroom.
Starting today in the US, we’re testing a way to give people more context about the Pages they see. We’ll gradually start applying labels including ‘public official,’ ‘fan page’ or ‘satire page’ to posts in News Feed, so people can better understand who they’re coming from. pic.twitter.com/Bloc3b2ycb
— Facebook Newsroom (@fbnewsroom) April 7, 2021
Facebook‘s effort could potentially serve as a crackdown on misinformation, reducing the likelihood of someone taking tongue-in-cheek content seriously, such as posts from satirical sites, including the Onion and the Babylon Bee.
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