An example of why you shouldn't trust everything you read on social media

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    An example of why you shouldn't trust everything you read on social media

    I had several friends on Facebook post this the other day, following the shooting in Florida. It went something like "There have been 18 school shootings in the past 30 years in (don't remember what country they referenced), but there have been 18 in the USA this year alone."

    Obviously my friends weren't the only ones to share this "stat". Only problem is, apparently it's completely wrong.

    No, there haven’t been 18 school shootings in 218. That number is flat wrong.

    While I love the immediacy of the social media age, it also lends itself to the spread of mis-information just as quickly. 25 years ago there would've been news directors and editors telling their people to follow up on their source, to see how accurate they were, before running a story. Can't do that now. If you wait, you get scooped.

    Please people, don't become mindless cattle, just following the swishing tail in front of you. You never know where you're going to be lead.
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    I think the number is somewhere between 5 and 8.

    Which is between 5 and 8 too many, IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcpapa View Post
    I think the number is somewhere between 5 and 8.

    Which is between 5 and 8 too many, IMHO.
    I don't think it's even that high.

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    Facebook news is the worst news.

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    I believe zero of what I read on social media. I verify information before passing it on even in a casual conversation. Even if I come across some online verification, I investigate the site where I am getting that confirmation from to figure out who they are before I will consider passing it on. The more surprising any piece of information you see on social media, the more likely it isn't true.

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    As a rule of thumb I find that almost anytime someone tells me about some interesting "fact" or "alleged truth" it is almost always inaccurate.

    Or put another way, people hear stuff and start repeating it as if it was true with no verification or authentication and I agree with everyone here that Facebook is a cesspool for misinformation.

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    Social media is bad? Does anyone watch the news. Flip back and forth between CNN and Fox and you would think you are in 2 different worlds. They tell you what you want to hear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    Facebook news is the worst news.
    A bunch of uneducated (on the subject matter) fools copying and pasting bad info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theguru View Post
    As a rule of thumb I find that almost anytime someone tells me about some interesting "fact" or "alleged truth" it is almost always inaccurate.

    Or put another way, people hear stuff and start repeating it as if it was true with no verification or authentication and I agree with everyone here that Facebook is a cesspool for misinformation.
    Not just Facebook, although it may be the worst. The internet as a whole is more misinformation than not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKMustangFan View Post
    Not just Facebook, although it may be the worst. The internet as a whole is more misinformation than not.
    No disagreement here UKMF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    Social media is bad? Does anyone watch the news. Flip back and forth between CNN and Fox and you would think you are in 2 different worlds. They tell you what you want to hear.
    And the truth is somewhere in the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sportsaholic Mamaw View Post
    And the truth is somewhere in the middle.
    I think the middle went extinct on us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Science Friction View Post
    I think the middle went extinct on us.
    I agree.

    What does the Harvard Study on news coverage of President Trump tell us?

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