How Facebook and Google spread false information about Las Vegas shooter

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The shooting in Las Vegas, which has killed at least 50 people and injured more than 400, is the deadliest mass shooting in modern us history.

Meanwhile, Facebook's "Safety Check" page, which is created to help people near an emergency inform their loved ones that they're safe, also promoted several dubious stories from right-wing news sites Gateway Pundit and Blogspot that misidentified the suspect and his motives. It described him as someone thought to be "a Democrat who liked Rachel Maddow, MoveOn.org, and associated with the anti-Trump army".

The death toll has now risen to 59 with over 500 injured after suspected lone gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from a hotel room window.

"4chan" is well-known as a haven for racists, misogynists and conspiracy theorists and was also the source of 2008 fake news that Apple's then-CEO Steve Jobs suffered a heart attack - a falsity that nonetheless knocked $5 billion off of Apple's stock value in a single morning, the report noted.

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. The 4chan result only appeared if users entered the erroneous name as a query, Google said.

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Google said that 15 percent of searches that Google sees every day are new and that before the 4chan story broke there weren't many stories around the name "Geary Danley". 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. As Fast Company first reported, that included a link to a sketchy blog called "Alt Right News".

An associate of Paddock's, Marilou Danley, is in police custody; it's unclear if Danley has any connection to the shooting.

"However, its removal was delayed by a few minutes, allowing it to be screen captured and circulated online", Facebook said. 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.

Among those falsely stated to be missing in Las Vegas were a German pro-soccer player, a murder suspect from Mexico and a male porn star - whose pictures were taken from the Internet.

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