« | Home | Categories | »

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 -- Write a comment


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.

  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.

previous post: Inside The Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns

next post: Taibbi: Gun Lobby Is Down to Its Last, Unconvincing Excuse