Misinformation about situation in Ferguson spreading on social media

Misinformation about situation in Ferguson spreading on social media

Misinformation about situation in Ferguson spreading on social media

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 14 at 9:36 AM

(KMOV.com) –  Misinformation about the events in Ferguson has been spreading around social media.

The name of an officer who many thought shot Brown was circulated around social media, that name turned out to be the name of another officer; images that spread of police pepper spraying children actually originated in Brazil.

Social media has been used as a way to follow the developments surrounding Brown’s death and the other activities that have taken place in Ferguson.

“I use social media to let people know what I was doing through,” said Missouri State Sen. Maria Chapelle-Nadal.

Nadal told News 4 she uses Twitter to share her experience on the streets of Ferguson. Monday, Chapelle-Nadal said she and a group of protestors were hit with tear gas during protests.

“I could not breathe, I could not talk, I was shaking,” Chapelle-Nadal.

Some information circulating on social media is accurate but some of it isn’t.

“I think a lot of people are rightfully and justifiably upset and frustrated with the situation, but we want to keep this thing peaceful and misinformation does not help,” said St. Louis Alderman Antonio French.

French said it is important for those to use the available technology to accurately report what’s happening, especially as the media is pushed further behind police lines.

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