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Separating right from erroneous on social media

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

It has been an unbelievable week, with new developments pouring in – on two major stories – at an amazing clip.

Many people have been following along on social media.

But before you take a tweet to be the truth? Consider the source, caution experts. Be critical, apply common sense and take everything with a grain of salt. Or maybe a whole shaker full.

"Seeing isn't always believing when it comes to pictures nowadays," said Kathryn Yglecias. The FOX 26 Web Manager is a social media expert and a former TV news director.

Case in point: a photograph of a mushroom cloud that was posted online after the fertilizer plant explosion in the Texas town of West.

The elevated topography should have tipped off the astute viewer that the picture was not snapped in central Texas.

The photo was fake. And some of the tweets that cascaded during Friday's manhunt for the Boston bombing suspects were erroneous.

Just like the week's news, social media is messy and instantaneous. And as we've learned, its snap pronouncements are often wrong.

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