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Shooting of Las Vegas: the giants of the Web pointed out

Eloisa Felix | Octubre 05, 2017, 11:22

In a statement to CBS News, Facebook said the Vegas false news issue has been fixed and it's focused on a long-term solution: "We know people want to see accurate information on Facebook - and so do we".

Post the developments on Monday, both the companies acknowledged that some early post started doing the rounds on Google and Facebook that erroneously named a suspect in the deadly attack before they removed the posts.

Similarly, on Facebook, a "Safety Check" page the social network offers to "help connect with friends and family and find and give help after a crisis" promoted stories from the right-wing news sites Gateway Pundit and Blogspot, which "also falsely identified the suspected shooter and included misleading speculation on his motivation", says Forbes. Amateur internet sleuths connected her name with Geary Danley's and jumped to conclusions.

Fast Company reports the page featured a news story from blog Alt-Right News that contained inaccurate information related to the horrific shooting in Las Vegas.

The episode marked yet another illustration of how quickly misinformation can spread during major breaking news events on Twitter, Reddit, 4chan and other Internet services when few official details have been released by authorities.

Google and Facebook have both launched initiatives to eliminate fake news, but in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in the United States in modern history, fake news dominated in both platforms. The post did not appear in Google News.

Bill Hartzer, an expert on search, says Google is constantly crawling the Web and picking up new information as it appears.

Fake identities and reports are swirling around the Las Vegas massacre. Many social media conspiracy theories insist that at least two other shooters were involved in the mass killing.

Google and Facebook blamed algorithm errors for these. But since Facebook's removal of the infamous post got "delayed", screenshots of the incorrect story were captured and circulated online, causing the confusion. Aaron Rouse, chief of the FBI's Las Vegas office, said the agency had found "no connection" between Paddock and terror organizations. This factor, combined with the alleged convenience of being able to verify the accuracy of reports, makes people susceptible to fake news.

"The genetics load the gun, personality and psychology aim it, and experiences pull the trigger, typically", Clemente said. "So even if people stop to investigate or dispute, or even debunk, or especially things like fact-check, you're just getting kind of more engagement with that, which in turn tends to reinforce the content elsewhere", Albright said.

There is also a labeling issue. They later apologized for the mistake.

A hotel spokesman said they've since returned to the practice of only scanning bags and guests when they "believe the need arises". But dozens of less splashy online misinformation campaigns are happening every day, and they deserve attention, too. "At Facebook, we're working to fight the spread of false news".

Facebook and Google have spent billions of dollars developing virtual reality systems.

Kevin Roose is a business columnist for The New York Times and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine.