Pro-Trump accounts tried to frame left-wing activist for Las Vegas shooting

As a (since-deleted) Gateway Pundit article stated, Danley is "Reportedly a Democrat Who Liked Rachel Maddow, and Associated with Anti-Trump Army" based on information gleaned from his Facebook page.

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.

A link to Danley's Facebook page also made it to the front page but no sources debunking the unfounded allegations levied against him appeared in the first results, nor did any of the sources correctly identifying the shooter as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old retired accountant.

This time, a story by "guest poster" Joe Hoft, who is Gateway Pundit founder Jim Hoft's identical twin brother and definitely a real person, incorrectly identified the Las Vegas terrorist.

"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.

Danley was also identified as a registered Democrat by 4chan users, who quickly began piecing together a profile of the man they believed to be the shooter.

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Facebook said its security staff had seen the post and removed it.

Separately, Facebook's "trending" list took viewers to a feed of articles, some of which appear to spread misinformation from sites like RT, formerly known as Russia Today. However, its removal was delayed by a few minutes, allowing it to be screen captured and circulated online.

In a statement shared with reporters, Google blamed the promotion of 4chan in its search results on its algorithm, which apparently is now properly tweaked.

Facebook said Monday that the social media company saw more than 2,800 posts offering help to victims of the shooting and dozens of posts asking for assistance, including in locating loved ones.

Facebook, Google, Twitter and other social media giants have, for almost a year, resisted taking responsibility for the proliferation of false information online, in part, experts have speculated, to dodge regulation and government oversight. "This should not have appeared for any queries, and we'll continue to make algorithmic improvements to prevent this from happening in the future". This is precisely how fake news became such a gargantuan issue.

But despite being patently false, write-ups naming Danley as the attacker promptly embedded themselves into Facebook and Google's algorithms.

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