On Friday, June 22, there was a 5.3 magnitude earthquake at 9.54 p.m. that was felt in some parts of Trinidad and Tobago. Within twenty hours a message was being circulated on social media indicating that there were nine more earthquakes in Trinidad subsequent to the Friday night earthquake.
This message being passed on turned out to be related to a January 2018 seismic event! Clearly, those passing on this message did not employ due diligence in checking the truthfulness of this message as it related to the earthquake of June 22.
Unfortunately, there are those who use social media for nefarious purposes and deliberately employ social media platforms such as WhatsApp to spread “fake news”. The rest of the public, called to social responsibility, has to employ an awareness of the fake news reality and act accordingly.