Google admits citing 4chan to spread fake Vegas shooter news

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The amateur investigators who frequent 4chan's /pol (short for "politically incorrect") discussion board identified a man named Geary Danley as the shooter-a claim that was incorrect and based on primarily on political motivations rather than factual information. The site, which earned White House credentials under Trump, later deleted the story and apologised for the error.

Perhaps the most egregious strain of misinformation took hold after far-right trolls gathered on 4chan, a forum in which individuals are permitted to post nearly anything anonymously, and, through some amateur online sleuthing, misidentified the shooter. (Very original.) The Verge reported also seeing photos from the AANR Midwest American Association for Nude Recreation on the Safety Check page for the Las Vegas mass shooting.

"Despite months of assurances to the contrary, the internet's two largest media platforms have yet to adequately protect their systems from enabling the viral spread of misinformation", says Forbes. We have reached out to Google for comment.

"This should not have appeared for any queries, and we'll continue to make algorithmic improvements to prevent this from happening in the future", Google said. What's become clear in recent years, on digital platforms like Google and Facebook, is that that same confusion also allows for a more nefarious dissemination of deliberately false or biased reports. But according to some background bullet points a Google spokesperson shared with a journalist from The Outline, the company admitted that "when the 4chan story broke, it triggered Top Stories which unfortunately led to this inaccurate result". "However, its removal was delayed by a few minutes, allowing it to be screen captured and circulated online", the firm told Fast Company.

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Pro-Trump accounts spent hours trying to frame left-wing activist Geary Danley for the shootings in Las Vegas, saying he was a "liberal targeting Trump supporters".

"We are aware of this issue and are proactively taking action on content that violates our terms of service", a Twitter spokesman said.

Executives from all three firms have been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee at an open hearing on 1 November to examine how foreign actors may have used their sites to influence the election.

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