Social media

The Twitter was reporting gunshots and a mob of teenagers rampaging after last night’s big fireworks celebration. It went viral pretty quickly, but I noticed it was the same info being repeated over and over and I had my doubts. So I turned on the police scanner and all I heard was reports of police breaking up crowds of kids. Today, there’s nothing in the news except one stabbing in Love Park, right off the Parkway.

The info was picked up and amplified because the original source was a local news photographer and considered credible. Oops.

So while you can’t believe everything you read in the papers, neither can you believe everything you read on the internet.