Misinformation is lurking on social media and can surprise you at any time but during times of conflict, platforms can be especially rife.

This week has seen a frenzy of posts surrounding the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by the US military. But how much of it is true?

To help separate fact from fiction, Cristina Tardáguila, founder and director of fact-checking network Agência Lupa provides a guide for citizens to check what they come across online using their smartphones on Poynter. Sometimes the best defence is your common sense.

"It is winter in Iran now and the picture you received on Twitter supposedly shows Tehran today, during a protest against the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Are people wearing coats and long sleeves?" it reads.

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