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Pro-Trump accounts tried to frame left-wing activist for Las Vegas shooting

Pro-Trump accounts tried to frame left-wing activist for Las Vegas shooting

A search for "Geary Danley" places two 4chan threads right at the top, that misidentify him as the Las Vegas shooting suspect. Mashable was able to replicate the result, but the links no longer appear in the module. When we feel grief, sometimes we try to find the best way to show love and support - and that's why you may just see support for the Las Vegas shooting victims on Facebook.

Within minutes of the incorrect identification of the terrorist, headlines began to pop up from right-wing posters such as "The Shooter Was an Alt-left Anti-Trumper Extremist". As a (since-deleted) Gateway Pundit article stated, Danley is "Reportedly a Democrat Who Liked Rachel Maddow, MoveOn.org and Associated with Anti-Trump Army" based on information gleaned from his Facebook page.

Gateway Pundit is run by Republican supporters and is known for falling for false stories. The first link, to a site called mytodaytv.com, appears to have uploaded someone else's video of the shooting to YouTube (the description says the video "may contain copyrighted material"), and embedded it on the site.

On Monday, Facebook said it had done so and also would hire an additional 1,000 workers to police ads on its site.

On Facebook, the Gateway Pundit's article sat among the top results for information on the shooting before it was eventually removed. Salon reports that the fake story about Mr Danley originated on 4chan and 8chan forums. And the same goes for Google's Top Stories, which is often the first thing people see in their search results.

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"This should not have appeared for any queries, and we'll continue to make algorithmic improvements to prevent this from happening in the future", the spokesperson said.

The promotion of false stories came after months of growing criticism for the platforms, as trolls and malicious foreign operatives have used the platforms to quickly spread misinformation for political purposes. However, their removal was delayed, allowing them to be screen captured and circulated online. "We are working to fix the issue that allowed this to happen", the Facebook representative told CNN.

Some lawmakers, particularly Democrats, have become increasingly concerned about the ability for tech platforms be unwittingly or purposefully co-opted into perpetuating fake news.

Earlier this year, investors concerned about the impact fake news may have on these companies' bottom lines recommended policy changes at the annual shareholder meetings of Alphabet, Google's parent company, and Facebook.


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