Focus Now Turns to Las Vegas Shooter 'Companion' Marliou Danley

Janie Parker
October 4, 2017

The stories claimed that the shooter was an "anti-Trump" Democrat and displayed pictures of a man who is not identified as a suspect. The site, which earned White House credentials under Trump, later deleted the story and apologised for the error.

In the Everipedia post, which was shared more than 4,000 times on Facebook, Danley was identified as "a Democrat and is registered to vote in Washoe County, Nevada" who liked several anti-Trump pages on Facebook.

Danley's name was also linked to the shooting on Everipedia, an online encyclopedia that describes itself as allowing "anyone to create a page about any person, organization, object, or idea". We have reached out to Google for comment.

"Despite months of assurances to the contrary, the internet's two largest media platforms have yet to adequately protect their systems from enabling the viral spread of misinformation", says Forbes.

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"The fake news was algorithmically replaced by relevant results within hours. This should not have appeared for any queries, and we'll continue to make algorithmic improvements to prevent this from happening in the future", a spokesperson told Bloomberg.

Facebook admitted to a CNN reporter to having the same false information appear on its "Crisis Response" page for "a few minutes" on Monday. But because that removal was "delayed", the company said, images of the incorrect story were captured and circulated online. These included false accounts of missing victims using photos of different people including porn star Johnny Sins, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and former Vine star Lil Terio among others.

Despite increased efforts this year to tamp down the spread of fake news and hoaxes on their platforms, both Google and Facebook have long ways to go in solving the issue as the tragic shooting in Las Vegas over the weekend uncovered. Numerous links on the first page of results included news sites that cited 4chan's "research" as potential evidence about Danley being the shooter and YouTube videos and other message boards around the web discussing him.

A Twitter spokeswoman said: "We are reviewing and removing content that violates our rules - both proactively and through reports". United States lawmakers are also investigating the role their platforms inadvertently played in Russia's alleged campaign to influence the 2016 United States presidential election.

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