Monday, 11 December, 2017

Google search spread wrong info from 4chan on Las Vegas shooting suspect

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Javier Burns | 05 October, 2017, 00:43

The enqueteurs of the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue their research on the site of the killings in the night of Sunday to Monday, in Las Vegas, in the United States.

Social media has seen a shift from personal pictures and status updates to one of the main ways people get their news. Fake stories about what had happened were promoted by both Facebook and Google as the news about what had actually gone on unfolded, including that there were multiple shooters. 'Geary Danley, reportedly the murderer of at least 20 concertgoers in Las Vegas, from initial accounts, was a far-left loon, ' Joe Hoft wrote for Gateway Pundit, 'Per a review of his Facebook account, he was a fan of Rachel Maddow, People's Action, Democrats, MoveOn.org, etc...' Meanwhile, many US-based websites reported that Google showcased an article where the name of the killer was incorrect.

While the U.S. came to terms with the worst mass shooting in its history, the rumour, it seems, began on the alt-right favourite 4Chan. His personal photos, taken from Facebook, were still plastered all over the page. Their algorithms are the very skeleton of the system-they determine what people are engaging with and share those even further. But it seems that Facebook's Safety Check feature, which is used to mark oneself safe, was being used to promote fake news around the attack. Similarly, according to a Buzzfeed report, even Twitter might be one of the places where fake news might have found a way to be spread.

The 4chan search result was only appearing for queries that included the name [geary danley] but did not appear for general queries related to the shooting, according to a spokesperson.

Well known as a haven for racists, misogynists and conspiracy theorists, 4chan was also the source of 2008 fake news that Apple's then-CEO Steve Jobs suffered a heart attack - a falsity that nonetheless knocked US$5bil (RM21.17bil) off of Apple's stock value in a single morning.

Exodus from Bali volcano nears 100000 as tremors intensify
Australia was also funding surveillance flights over the volcanoes on Ambae and nearby Ambrym island, it added. Mount Agung is among the 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia , a vast archipelagic nation with 17,500 islands.

Police are still trying to work out what the 64-year-old Nevada man's motives were, but that hasn't stopped right-wing trolls making up and disseminating their own "alternative" facts.

"The Danleys have been getting death threats and would like people to know that social media has spun this out of control", said Geary Danley's daughter, Dionne Waltrip. In order to save face, Google has responded to the issue, saying that the problem is in the algorithm. A Google spokesman said, "This should not have appeared for any queries, and we'll continue to make algorithmic improvements to prevent this from happening in the future".

ISIS has reportedly taken credit for the attack, but US law enforcement officials have dismissed that suggestion.

"Twitter said it has also taken measures to not to relay content that does not comply with our rules of operation".

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