Sharing posts on social media is part of what makes social media interesting and fun. When you share photos of your pets, your child’s successes, your favourite movie and more, it all add to the experience.
It’s also very easy to share things that have emotional appeal despite not having any idea on the trustworthiness of the source. Have you ever seen people share ‘missing person’ posts on Facebook? Maybe you’ve seen your friends do this or have done it yourself. While the intention is good, are you certain you are sure of the source? More often than not, the source is a ‘family member’ or ‘friend’ saying “we haven’t seen John Doe for two weeks now, please share this with everyone”.
Unless you know who is sharing the original missing person post, you might want to think again after reading this helpful advice from the Kindersley branch of the RCMP on their Facebook page. Just like sharing dubious news without checking the source can cause problems, so can sharing missing persons post unless your 100% of the source.
Something to think about in the future. If you see your friends sharing these types of posts, you may wish to let them know about the RCMP’s advice.