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Fake news rose to top Google, Facebook results after Las Vegas shooting

Fake news rose to top Google, Facebook results after Las Vegas shooting

Right-leaning social media users and many Trump supporters latched onto Geary's Facebook page, which indicated that he was a fan of the Rachel Maddow show and liked several Facebook fan pages which included, "Thank You Obama, ' 'Fight Trump, ' 'Anti-Trump Army, ' 'Progressive Day, ' 'Organizing for Action, ' 'Not My President, ' 'Proud to Be A Democrat, ' 'Boycott All Things Trump, ' and 'Impeach Trump".

A few hours later, searches for the same name were showing articles debunking the 4chan post and cataloging the trail of viral fake news after the shooting. But that implies that Google's algorithm is tuned to read posts on 4chan as potential news source for its Top Stories promotion at the top of its search results, and if that is the case, the company probably needs to re-evaluate what sources it pulls into that feed. Police have since correctly identified Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old from Mesquite, Nevada, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after the incident, as the shooter. Salon reports that the fake story about Mr Danley originated on 4chan and 8chan forums. Twitter coughed up false rumors and "missing" people who weren't connected to the slaughter. During life-threatening events, Safety Check lets people announce that they're OK and also aggregates news and even points to fundraisers.

"This is a good demonstration of the magnitude of the challenge that these companies are facing in combating fake news and misinformation on their platforms", a spokesperson for Sen.

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

Turkey warns of 'security' steps in response to Iraqi Kurd vote
Saying that the referendum lacks worldwide legitimacy, Yilmaz called on KRG President Masoud Barzani to cancel it. Article 140 of the constitution was not implemented", he said.

Facebook said its security staff had seen the post and removed it. However, their removal was delayed, allowing them to be screen captured and circulated online. "Within hours, the 4chan story was algorithmically replaced by relevant results", Google said in a statement, as cited by Gizmodo.

In its "Top Stories" section, a space that features breaking stories on search queries and is located at the top of the page, Google's first recommended link was to one of the 4chan boards in which the wrong person was blamed for the massacre. "We are working to fix the issue that allowed this to happen", the Facebook representative told CNN. The Crisis Response Page can also be used to offer help and create fundraising efforts.

Once police identified Paddock, accounts on Twitter and Facebook began claiming he was part of the leftist group Antifa.

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