I feel this is due to people having unwarranted trust in information presented to them without taking the initiative to consider the risks or seek any additional information. Whether this has always been present in society, or a byproduct of the information age is debatable but it is undeniably visible.
For example many internet new outlets have begun circulating this video. The issue is the technology required for the phone shown in the video, does not exist in any capacity, as many commenters have pointed out. Another issue raised is whether it is practical considering it would reduce profits for mainstream phone and phone parts manufacturers who would conceivably be the ones making the parts for the phone. Several years ago I did see a similar but more practical phone concept. The idea was that specialized accessories could be purchased to add features such as text and GPS (unfortunately I cannot remember the name nor do I still own the Wired Magazine that I recall seeing it in).
Back to the point, one of the most famous examples of uniformed social media uptake was the Kony campaign, which many agree was manipulative, ineffective and in many cases inaccurate. The video failed to explain that among other things Kony (the infamous Ugandan child abducting rebel leader featured in the video) may have been dead for the last few years. It also supports the Ugandan army (which is known for rape among other things) and many Ugandans were genuinely offended by the video. Much of this information was publicly available at the time of the videos release and then was restated in various responses to the video almost immediately afterwords. Despite this it proliferated greatly across the internet and was subject of national headlines. It has been over a year since the videos release and little good news relating to Kony has been heard since.
I myself have believed and shared information that wasn’t properly substantiated by the authors or cross checked by myself. I now generally use Snopes to double check information of that nature. In short please do some kind of research before you donate money or share a link (or worse) for some cause or website.