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Google blamed for promoting false info about Las Vegas shooter


More than 50 people died in the shooting and at least 400 people have been injured in the shooting, according to Las Vegas police.

Authorities have since identified the gunman as Stephen Paddock, 64, who was later found dead in a hotel room on the Strip.

The 4chan results appeared in the "Top Stories" section of Search, the spokesperson explains, which Google uses to highlight breaking news and includes content from both news sites and the web. Mashable was able to replicate the result, but the links no longer appear in the module.

A Facebook spokesman later told HuffPost: "Our Global Security Operations Center spotted these posts this morning and we have removed them".


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". In a statement, the company says it will be adjusting its software to better handle such incidents in future. Google searches for the phrase "Geary Danley" returned a link to a 4chan thread labeling the man a unsafe leftist - a link that sat untouched for hours until the platform's algorithm eventually bumped it. And the same goes for Google's Top Stories, which is often the first thing people see in their search results. However, its removal was delayed by a few minutes, allowing it to be screen captured and circulated online. Salon reports that the fake story about Mr Danley originated on 4chan and 8chan forums.

Last month, Facebook announced that it would release previously undisclosed Russia-linked political ads to congressional and federal investigators and would continue to investigate how its platform was used during the 2016 presidential campaign to spread political information. "We are working to fix the issue that allowed this to happen in the first place and deeply regret the confusion this caused".

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. The named appeared on the board when its members began looking through people connected to names that had been mentioned by Las Vegas investigators.

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