I was pleased to see this idiot Joshua Bonehill-Paine has received his comeuppance at last, although it's a shame the judge didn't lock him up.
I have been commenting on this issue for some time and still think that he and others like him would never be able to cause the damage they do if people would only use a bit of common sense when choosing to 'share' stories they read on Facebook.
For instance, if a flying saucer really did land in Trafalgar Square and beam up a load of tourists, you would expect the fact to appear in the news and not have to rely on social media to learn about it. If a mother had just had to fend of a gang of Romanian paedophiles who were trying to kidnap her daughter, you would expect her to ask anyone with information to contact the Police, not her or a private investigation company.
I had one such story drop onto my Facebook page just a few days ago, this time it was an Asian gang (presumably the Romanians were having the day off) who supposedly tried to kidnap a child in Thamesmead. As usual, there was no mention of this in any of the news media and the mother wanted anyone with information to contact her, not the Police. Didn't stop over 1500 people sharing it so far.