Right-wing websites ID Las Vegas shooter as Geary Danley, the wrong guy

Right-wing websites ID Las Vegas shooter as Geary Danley, the wrong guy

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But before the police confirmation, right-wing media sites and social media users were quick to pick up and spread the 4chan conspiracy theory misidentifying Geary Danley as the shooter. Twitter coughed up false rumors and "missing" people who weren't connected to the slaughter.

Some of the 4chan and Gateway Pundit's story have now been deleted after the police confirmed Paddock as the shooter.

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Of course, the 4chan speculation was unfounded and plain wrong, as the police identified 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock from Nevada as the shooter.

As law enforcement and news organizations raced to piece together what happened during the worst mass shooting in modern US history Sunday night in Las Vegas, web denizens less wedded to the truth rushed in to provide details of their own-which quickly went viral. Furthermore, this White House-credentialed website also implied that the mass murderer was a Democrat and was anti-Trump. The headline, still visible in search results, and remaining on the first page of results for Danley when I ran my 9 a.m. search, read, "Las Vegas Shooter Reportedly a Democrat Who Liked Rachel Maddow, MoveOn.org and Associated with anti-Trump Army". However, its removal was delayed by a few minutes, allowing it to be screen captured and circulated online.

The 4chan search result was only appearing for queries that included the name [geary danley] but did not appear for general queries related to the shooting, according to a spokesperson.

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Facebook did not respond to a follow-up question asking whether the original stories were surfaced algorithmically and then had to be replaced a human.

As I wrote about earlier this morning, Facebook's "Security Check" page began promoting blogs claiming to be "Alt-Right News", which gave false information about the massacre's victims and the identity of the shooter. "We are working to fix the issue that allowed this to happen in the first place and deeply regret the confusion this caused". "This should not have appeared for any queries, and we'll continue to make improvements to prevent this from happening in the future".

A far-right blog blamed an innocent man for the Las Vegas shooting based on shaky evidence, in a post that has since been removed.

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In the immediate aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting where a lone gunman opened fire at a country music festival late Sunday night, online forum 4chan speculated intensely on the identity of the suspect.

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