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Social Media: Causing More Harm Than Good?

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Social media has become a big part of our everyday lives.

You can access Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Pinterest anytime, anywhere. It's a trend here and around the world, but some say it may not be for the best.

"It's amazing how quickly something gets out," said Kristy Cunningham, West Virginia Junior College. "It's both good and bad. Just as a rumor can go, good things can get spread the same way."

Police said social media is one of the fastest ways to get information out to the public.

"It's not a bad thing if the information being spread through these social media's are factual and true in nature," said Corporal Don Neal, Fairmont Police Department.

But, it's also the easiest way to share wrong information.

"It could do a lot of harm," Corporal Neal said. "One, if we are trying to get the individual to turn themselves in they aren't going to trust us. They will blame us for things that were said on social media when it wasn't us that said it."

It's easy to type up a story. But the moment you hit send, it reaches thousands of people almost instantly.

People can then share it and comment on it, sometimes posting false information. Popular stories, for example, can reach more then 100,000 people. So you have to make sure the facts are correct.

"Make sure you have something factual," Corporal Neal said. "Something you've seen or you have first hand knowledge of before making any kind of statements. It could take something that was intended to be good and make it into the worst situation."

Some said its important to think before you hit "send".

"When in doubt, there is no doubt," Cunningham said. "If you're like 'should I post this', don't. Don't post it. Write it down on a piece of paper and throw it away if you must. It could come back to bite you."