Why You Shouldn’t Trust Social Media For Breaking News

In the wake of the recent Boston Marathon Bombings, there have been many people who realize that social media might not be the best place to receive breaking news. I’m sure that you probably saw a report of the bombing suspect come through your newsfeed.

The thing you might not realize is that the reports were wrong, and many times are. The moment that something breaks it is instantly tweeted, facebooked, google+’d, and posted to every form of social media. Then, sometimes, there is a correction or the information turns out to be wrong. Then you have a person who has been wrongfully identified as having to do with something, who has now been de-famed and slandered all across social media.

While social media is a great place to keep up with friends, or see what’s going on that night. Be careful what you take as true when it comes to breaking news. Maybe do a little research before re-sharing or re-tweeting a piece of “news” that might not be completely accurate. It can do harm.

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