How does fiction become fact? With a little help from social media.

Whenever there’s a major event that happens on this lovely planet we call Earth, whether it be the latest mass shooting, an intense political election, an act of war, or a heartwarming story of a family being reunited after a natural disaster, the one common factor these events have is that they’re being talked about and picked apart on social media.Social media is a great tool for instantly absorbing news, and people know this: if you were online after the Las Vegas shooting that happened recently, then you were bombarded on all platforms from Twitter to Instagram to Facebook and everything in between with messages, comments, videos, pictures, and, potentially, a whole ‘lot of lies. Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney’s Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories. The police were lying

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How does fiction become fact? With a little help from social media.