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There is something about the Internet that makes even the most civil of us forget our common sense. “Fake news” and the spreading of rumours has become something of the norm.

Now, RCMP is telling us to think before we post. See story on page 3.

While social media posters may have the best of intentions when they share “information” about an alleged crime before it has been confirmed, what they are actually doing is making the job harder for the RCMP.

When you put an accusation out there without first confirming the details or that the crime actually happened, you’re spreading fear, not valuable information. The police then have to wade through the misinformation and sort fact from fiction, thus taking up needed resources.

Social media can be a valuable tool. We use it when the RCMP issues a plea for help to find a missing person, to warn of weather events or inform of emergency situations. However, information sharing is only truly valuable when the information is correct.

In the age of the Internet, we seem to have become intent on policing each other. Whether it be vague posts about how someone wronged you or direct accusations, we have this need to point fingers and get validation that we’ve been the first to uncover a wrong.

So do us all a favour, think before you post.

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