A report revealed that Facebook added other labels to posts from pages that appear in users’ news feeds in an effort to reduce confusion about their origin. These labels will include “a public official”, “fan page” and “parody page”, according to the verege.
The company says it has already begun testing publishing these ratings in the US, and will gradually add them to more posts.
Facebook has offered no explanation as to why the labels were added, but identifying this may seem especially important.
Take a look at the social shares of any news articles written by well-known satirical sites like The Onion or The Babylon Bee and you will find a lot of people take these stories at face value.
Basically, these posts are a kind of misinformation, even if their creators didn’t mean to, even prominent figures like former President Donald Trump mistook these stories as true reports.
This is not the first time that the social networking giant has tried to make the context of posts in the latest news clearer. In June of last year, it began categorizing media that are “totally or partially under the editorial control of their government.”
Facebook argued that such outlets need designations, because they “combine the influence of a media organization with strategic support of the state, and we believe that people should know if the news they are reading is coming from a post that may be under the influence of a government, for example.”