Published: Thu, October 05, 2017
IT | By Amos Hawkins

Las Vegas shooting: How 4Chan, far-right trolls named the wrong man

Las Vegas shooting: How 4Chan, far-right trolls named the wrong man

And on sites like YouTube, unverified information flowed largely unchecked, with accounts like The End Times News Report impersonating legitimate news sources to circulate conspiracy and rumor.

This and a few other dubious sites turned up on Facebook's Crisis Response page, which is where family members can check in with the site to tell others that they're safe. For Facebook and Google, the failings with their Las Vegas shooting coverage underscore just how much work needs to be done in patching gaps in the pipeline and ensuring the truth is put first.

"We recognize that accurate information is critical during a crisis". These organizations are skilled at reverse-engineering the ways that tech platforms parse information, and they benefit from a vast real-time amplification network that includes 4Chan and Reddit as well as Facebook, Twitter and Google. "These should never have shown up and our team removed them within minutes. We are working to fix the issue that allowed this to happen in the first place and deeply regret the confusion this caused". The name appeared on the board when its members began looking through people connected to names that had been mentioned by Las Vegas investigators. The report also said that Paddock was probably a "left-wing nutjob".

Facebook has launched its Safety Check in the aftermath of the shooting. It was also used after the 2016 natural disaster in Italy, and more, recently, during Hurricane Irma.

But because it's an old white guy with guns NOTHING will happen.' Yes, you read that right, in the wake of yesterday's mass shooting in Las Vegas Morgan, it seems, has finally woken up to the existence of white privilege.

Paddock shot at attendees of an outdoor music festival from a high floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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A suspect misidentified on user-generated content website 4chan quickly became one of the top results on Google.

The "false facts" and inaccurate images made their way to Facebook, Twitter, 4chan, Reddit and other distribution sites - so many, and so quickly, they were hard to track.

The threads appeared as "top stories" in the breaking news slots at the top of search results.

"Unfortunately, early this morning we were briefly surfacing an inaccurate 4chan website in our search results for a small number of queries", Google said in an emailed statement.

Despite increased efforts this year to tamp down the spread of fake news and hoaxes on their platforms, both Google and Facebook have long ways to go in solving the issue as the tragic shooting in Las Vegas over the weekend uncovered.

"It would have had to appear in any search results and we will proceed with further improvements to prevent this from happening again in the future", added the group which has built its success on its search engine.

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