Police form a perimeter around the road leading to the Mandalay Hotel after a gunman killed at least 50 people and wounded hundreds more when he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas Sunday night. Mashable was able to replicate the result, but the links no longer appear in the module. Facebook has taken down her page, but nonetheless, here is what we now know.
Within minutes of the incorrect identification of the terrorist, headlines began to pop up from right-wing posters such as "The Shooter Was an Alt-left Anti-Trumper Extremist".
The FBI said Monday that there are no apparent links between the shooting and global terror groups.
Google, which was running reports from 4chan in some of its search queries as a top story, explained to us what went wrong... and how it enabled some false information from one of the web's shadier corners to land as a top result. However, their removal was delayed, allowing them to be screen captured and circulated online.
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On Facebook and Twitter, where tweets claiming to be urgent messages about missing loved ones ran rampant, fake information can be even more hard to discern as the posts mirror legitimate cries for help. When asked why its Crisis Response and News Stories algorithms failed to catch any of this, we did not get an answer, but Facebook said it is "working to fix the issue that allowed this to happen in the first place and deeply regret the confusion this caused". That article's URL was still the top result for Danley's name on Google in the early hours of Monday morning.
There were also several social media users who spread fake "missing friends" photos on Twitter, including the fake Twitter account Jack Sins, who shared a photo of a man claiming to be his missing father.
Google says that despite the mistake it was only visible "for a small number of queries" and that it had been eventually "algorithmically replaced" by more relevant results.
Tech companies have, instead, announced moves to cut the flow of advertising dollars to fake-news websites, partnered with journalists and professional fact-checkers to check on trending stories and topics and granted greater services meant to help users discern what information is true and what is not.
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 apparently plucked from the internet.