Facebook, Google Spread Misinformation About Las Vegas Shooting. What Went Wrong?
It appears to be another case of automation working so fast that humans can’t keep pace. Unfortunately, these powerful tech companies continue to be a main destination for news and it’s not clear how they can solve the problem.
In this particular case, the man’s name first appeared on a message board on a site called 4chan. It’s known as a gathering spot for underground hackers and the alt-right. Everyone who posts is anonymous. And we’re not publishing the man’s name because he’s been through enough.
Shortly after the shooting, police announced that a woman named Marilou Danley was a person of interest. She had been living with the shooter in his Nevada home.
On a message board called /Pol/- Politically Incorrect, someone said her ex- husband was the shooter. His Facebook page indicated he was a liberal and the far-right trolls on Pol went to work to spread the word.