03 October, 2017
Google too shared posts from forums like 4chan that were also disseminating wrong information. The Crisis Response Page can also be used to offer help and create fundraising efforts. 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 on Monday pointed to a June blog post from Colin Crowell, Twitter's vice president of public policy, government and philanthropy when asked about the false tweets cropping up on the social network. It has since been edited and no longer names Danley as the shooter.
A 4chan message board about the Las Vegas shooting rocketed to the top of Google's Top Stories, a tool meant to draw a clearer distinction between that product and Google News, which is vetted by humans.
"Google saying "when the fresh 4chan story broke" makes me wonder if Google even....knows what 4chan is?" But for hours on the far-right Internet, would-be sleuths scoured Danley's Facebook likes, family photographs and marital history to try to "prove" that he was. Anyone who searched Google for the name of the person wrongly identified would see among the top results links to the websites that carried the false claim. The Gateway Pundit, a pro-Trump site credentialed by the White House, was among the news organisations that picked up the fake news straight from 4chan.More news: Uber pleads with mayor for deal
The amateur investigators who frequent 4chan's /pol (short for "politically incorrect") discussion board identified a man named Geary Danley as the shooter-a claim that was incorrect and based on primarily on political motivations rather than factual information. That's not exactly what anyone wants to hear, especially when hundreds of millions of people get their news from Facebook and Google. However, their removal was delayed, allowing them to be screen captured and circulated online.
Early Monday afternoon, however, Facebook was still promoting questionable news sources on its safety check-in page for the Las Vegas shooting, with links to sites like theantimedia.org, rednewshere.com and dennismichaellynch.com appearing ahead of stories from NBC News or local Las Vegas outlets. "We are working to fix the issue that allowed this to happen in the first place and deeply regret the confusion this caused".
Google says that despite the mistake it was only visible "for a small number of queries" and that it had been eventually "algorithmically replaced" by more relevant results.