Social media hate, deciphering truth from fiction - WNEM TV 5

Social media hate, deciphering truth from fiction

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Since the election on Tuesday social media has been filled with hateful rhetoric aimed at supporters of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

A photo of a hand written note with derogatory slurs and a swastika allegedly placed in the mailbox of a gay couple in Bay City appeared on social media. It is the latest in a series of apparent hate-filled messages surfacing on the internet from across the country since the election.

It's not clear if the post is real, but experts said what is clear is the country is divided. They also said people are sometimes deceived by what they see online, especially when the claim is far from the truth.

"I thought Martin Lawrence died. I read that on social media and then come to find out it was just a social media joke," said James Grant, Bay City resident.

Whether it's light-hearted or serious, or as of lately - political, experts said it's up to everyone to find out what's fact and what's fiction.

"I confirm it through other people. Some of it's not true, some of it is. You gotta pick and choose I guess," Grant said.

The Bay City Department of Public Safety said they visited the house where the note was left and they are investigating.

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