CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Along with the winds and rain, misinformation can be dangerous in a natural disaster.


Despite what you may see on twitter, sharks are not swimming by cars on the freeway.



The image is fake, and pretty easy to figure out, but the amount of disinformation online can make it difficult for communities in a natural disaster to know what conditions are, where to go for help, and how to stay safe.

FEMA created a rumor control page for Hurricane Florence.  It's an official source people can go to, to vet rumors spreading online.

FEMA says it will update the site regularly and has already debunked several questions, like telling people on the coast to not use beach sand for sandbags and that all shelters and hotels have to allow service animals, but businesses and some shelters can turn your pet away.

At the same time, Facebook is expanding fact checking to photos and videos, using a mix of technology and a team of human fact checkers. This will flag images or videos making false claims, being used out of context, or altered in some way to the point of being completely fake.

There's a couple of easy things you can do make sure you're not sharing the next shark on the freeway. You can do a reverse image search, check or just make sure you're making decisions based on information from official sources.



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