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Facebook wants to decide what users should believe is real


On August 17, 2014, a Facebook spokesperson informed users of a new test feature, which Facebook is trying. “We are running a small test, which shows the text ‘satire’ in front of links to satirical articles in the related articles unite in News Feed.”

Facebook has claimed that accountholders wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others in the News Feed. Once again, Facebook seems to have failed to inform their users of any such actions of which users take part.

Facebook said the test has been going on for over a month now. It seems Facebook did not learn their lesson when users became outraged at being guinea pigs with their emotional manipulation study.

Now Facebook wants to tell users what articles they should and should not believe. It seems Facebook is focusing on more and more frivolous issues and denying the true issues at hand, which need to be overhauled on the site.

Moreover, It seems to be a far stretch that people would believe a story about a 9,600-mile long mega coaster published out with the ‘Onion”, but is that for Facebook to decide? Apparently, Facebook believes so, “If any of the users selected for this trail click on an article written by the “Onion” the related stories below the link in news feed will then feature a tag marked ‘satire’.

If this is something Facebook feels so strongly about, why allow such material from the “Onion” on Facebook in the first place? Is there really a need for such a trail if Facebook has already declared sites like the “Onion” to print false/or inaccurate information or is something else happening?

Do account holders really want to be told what is real and what is not? How could Facebook take this stand after making a statement about harassing and threatening material on their site.

A Facebook spokesperson informed journalist Wendy Spickerman, who publishes with us here at that they could not make determining decisions as to what one might belief to be harassing or threatening, it would have to come from the account holder whom is dealing will such an issue on Facebook.

Here is an example. While account users may witness with their own eyes content which is harassing and threatening someone, others who turn in the incident won’t get anywhere with Facebook. The user being harassed or threatened MUST turn in the information. Facebook does not find it holds enough weight coming from a third person party.

Therefore, to say Facebook is now stepping in to decide for its users what is real and not real seems to be a far stretch from democracy. As an account holder do you want Facebook telling you how to think or feel?

Should Facebook be marking articles they believe to be satirical articles as ‘satire’? Or do you believe Facebook is using this new test trail for reason they are unwilling to divulge to its users.? One of the things people should be aware of is, if Facebook is allowed to tell users what is real and what is not, we are handing power over to a social media site to discredit journalist the world over. We may be looking at the end of 'true journalism' maybe this is the truth behind it all.

Source: News Journalist Wendy Spickerman, Facebook, Andrew Griffin of The Independent