Even before police secured YouTube’s headquarters after a shooting there Tuesday, social media was flooded with a familiar scourge: Fake news. Police say three victims in the shooting in San Bruno, California, were transported for emergency treatment and the suspected female shooter was found dead from what they believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The headquarters was evacuated as law enforcement officers investigated. But on Twitter, various accounts claimed to know much more about the incident and its perpetrator than law enforcement. Many were passed over, but some still managed to attract dozens of interactions. Twitter responded Tuesday saying it was “tracking” the accounts and “taking action on anything that violates our rules”: That didn’t stop someone who rebooted a common hoax that actor Sam Hyde was the shooter, a frequent accusation following shootings. The post included a photo of Hyde carrying an assault weapon. Some of those tweets have since been removed. Another bogus claim was that YouTuber Matt Jarbo is behind the shooting: False flag conspirators reemerged in their corner of Twitter to make their familiar claims about crisis actors participating in the shooting. Even a BuzzFeed reporter actively debunking fake news was pulled into the misinformation: And the Twitter account of… Read full this story
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