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Real or Satire? 

As straight news and spoof sites pop up daily, you've probably noticed friends and family occasionally sharing -- and freaking out about -- stories that are actually satire. doesn't cover satire. When someone in your Facebook feed gets riled up about an Onion, WinkProgress or lesser-known source, you can't post or fact-check it in the usual way. And, with more and more sites, it gets hard for even discerning readers to sort stories into truth or farce.

But there is now a solution to that problem, one created in Indianapolis. Ayokay Creative staffer's Jack Shepler and Brandon Patrik launched Real or Satire? last week after seeing a lot of online confusion. They also have a handy Twitter account.

"Satire-posted-as-fact has become a big problem on social media in the past month or two especially," says Shepler. "So the website serves two purposes: To find out if a website is satire before posting it and feeling stupid; and to give people something to post as a comment in response to people who post the articles."

In less than a week, they've added 50 sites for double-checking or sharing. And they expect to keep populating.

The Onion, Daily Currant and Wink Progress are just a few of satirical websites Real or Satire will flag for confused users.
  • The Onion, Daily Currant and Wink Progress are just a few of satirical websites Real or Satire will flag for confused users.
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