TUSTIN, CA—Local man Kyle Farkel was browsing Facebook at a coffee shop this morning when he came across something that very nearly made him laugh: a humorous article from a satire page he follows.
Farkel was just about to click on the article and chuckle at the various jokes sprinkled throughout the piece when something caught his eye: an article from Snopes.com with a large banner labeling the piece as an independent “FACT CHECK.” Being alerted the piece was fake news, Farkel was able to avoid enjoying the piece and sharing it with his friends entirely, sources confirmed.
“That was a close one,” he told reporters. “I very nearly clicked on the article and enjoyed its humorous comparisons, contrasts, and exaggerations for the sake of making a point. Thanks, Facebook!”
Facebook reps stated they were simply “happy to help.”
“Thousands of times each day, we save innocent people just like Kyle from enjoying a good joke or satirical piece,” Facebook spokesperson Rashida Anderso said. “It’s our little way of making the world a better, safer place. Can you imagine what would have happened if he had clicked on it, smiled, and moved on with his day? Or even, Zuck forbid, shared it with a friend?”
For his part, Farkel says he’s going to be more careful in the future. “I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for that Fact-Check label, so I know when it’s OK to laugh.”