Vegas Shooting Shows Google and Facebook Still Have a Fake News Problem

Facebook activates safety check after 50 killed in Las Vegas shooting

Facebook activates safety check after 50 killed in Las Vegas shooting

A California restaurant apologized after a promotional post on its Facebook page was published about their Las Vegas locations following the mass shooting there. Facebook told CNN that the Gateway Pundit article was removed by its Global Security Operations Center after a short delay and that it was working to fix the issue that led to the false news story being promoted.

The false content on 4chan about the mass murderer was "quickly picked up and magnified by The Gateway Pundit, a far-right website that has repeatedly misidentified attackers and continues to promote debunked conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama's birthplace, among other misinformation", Business Insider reported.

From there, Danley's name and supposed politics spread across right-wing social media, pushed by conservative platforms such as Cougarboard, Dailey Alt News, and USSA News, which describes itself as "The Tea Party's Front Page".

The gunman has been identified by the authorities as Stephen Paddock.

Google, in a statement to news outlets, acknowledged that it had been "briefly surfacing an inaccurate 4chan website in our Search results for a small number of queries". What's become clear in recent years, on digital platforms like Google and Facebook, is that that same confusion also allows for a more nefarious dissemination of deliberately false or biased reports.

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The incident highlights yet again how news and social-media algorithms created to help surface the best information can fall short in the hours after a major incident, when few factual details are readily available because authorities have yet to confirm or release them.

Google is touting threads from controversial message board site 4Chan as people look to find out who is behind the Las Vegas shooting massacre. The 4chan result only appeared if users entered the erroneous name as a query, Google said.

Black Bear Diner said the post has since been deleted.

The false identification of Danley as the suspected shooter wasn't the only hoax that spread overnight Sunday into Monday morning. But because that removal was "delayed", the company said, images of the incorrect story were captured and circulated online. Several accounts pointed the finger at an "Islamic convert" who is actually a comedian beloved by the far right.

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