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Facebook and Google promote politicized fake news about Las Vegas shooter

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 at 11:15 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Facebook and Google promoted false news stories claiming that the shooter who killed more than 50 people in Las Vegas was a Democrat who opposed Donald Trump. The misidentification spread rapidly from dark corners of the internet to mainstream platforms just hours after hundreds were injured at a festival near the Mandalay Bay casino, the latest example of fake news polluting social media amid a breaking news story.

The flow of misinformation on Monday illustrated a particularly grim trend that has increasingly dominated viral online propaganda during US mass shootings – hyper-partisan trolls battling to blame the tragedy on opposing political ideologies.


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  1. Some observations: This points to the failure of of machine learning “AI” algorithms to weed this crap out; As noted in article, Americans more interested in debating “lefty vs righty” instead of the real debate i.e., gun control; and my rant-social media is nothing more than the new supermarket tabloid – unfortunately with a hugely increased gullible readership and increased propensity for fake stories to be picked up by mainstream media.

Inside The Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 at 11:14 by John Sinteur in category: News

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There is no national database of guns. We have no centralized record of who owns all the firearms we so vigorously debate, no hard data regarding how many people own them, how many of them are bought or sold, or how many even exist.

What we have instead is Charlie.

And yet – if you look at the effects the last big gun control law had, back in Clinton days in 1994, and the effects after the sun-set period of that law, it appears the no gun control law is going to change all this. The best thing to do is make sure people have easy access to free mental healthcare.


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