Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
It only took seconds for the news to spread about the successful capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, thanks in part to social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. Law enforcement relied on Twitter in particular to spread up to the minute information, but also found it a source of misinformation.
Law enforcement turned to social media to distribute images of the bombing suspects, seek additional information from the public, and advise Watertown residents of the manhunt.
Bill Cassell with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police says social media is valuable when it comes to getting information out quickly, but he warns mistakes can be made as people sort through information and try to get the facts out as quickly as possible.
"A lot of people have the opportunity to blast out information that they may think is correct, but many times we find out that it's incorrect," Cassell said.
Thursday evening, Boston Police asked the public via Twitter not to jeopardize the investigation by broadcasting live video of the search for Tsarnaev. Other news outlets reported incorrect information about the suspects, some of which was overheard on Boston Police scanners.
"Information they hear on the scanner that may be incorrect, may be inaccurate, or in some cases may reach the suspect that police agency is looking for and cause a lot of problems," explained Cassell.
Social media also allows users to peek into the lives of the suspects through their personal Facebook and Twitter accounts. However, there have also been multiple reports of fake accounts created after the Boston Marathon bombing.
Some social media users in the valley recognize the importance of being careful about believing everything they hear or read.
"There's a hundred places to get information. You kind of read what's out there and make your own opinion on it," said social media user Ashley Graber.
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Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:15:08 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>