Facebook sets up crisis response page after Las Vegas shooting

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Following a mass shooting in Las Vegas that has left at least 50 people dead and hundreds more injured, Facebook has activated its "Safety Check" feature.

4chan's inclusion anywhere near Google News' "authoritative" list is a troubling one, since 4chan users have consistently and repeatedly used the site to promote false stories about newsworthy figures. It's unclear what relationship Geary Danley has with Marilou Danley, and he did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It described him as someone thought to be "a Democrat who liked Rachel Maddow, MoveOn.org, and associated with the anti-Trump army". There are multiple reports that Danley accompanied the assailant - ID'd as Stephen Paddock by local authorities - and that she would likely have insights into what spawned such a awful attack.

"Unfortunately, early this morning we were briefly surfacing an inaccurate 4chan website in our search results for a small number of queries", a Google spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. Facebook is expected to share with Congress more than 3,000 examples of ads Russia-linked accounts bought on the platform from 2015 to 2017.

The 4chan search result was only appearing for queries that included the name [geary danley] but did not appear for general queries related to the shooting, according to a spokesperson. Alt-Right News on October 2 theorized that the actual shooter, Paddock, was probably a "left-wing nutjob" associated with a woman who "may or may not be a Muslim". "However, their removal was delayed, allowing them to be screen captured and circulated online". The fake news was "algorithmically replaced by relevant results", Google said, "within hours". "We are working to fix the issue that allowed this to happen in the first place and deeply regret the confusion this caused", Fast Company quoted the social media giant as saying.

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Fake news from the shooting may have gotten its first push from Twitter, with false reports appearing within minutes of the shooting, Buzzfeed reported.

Then the false reports of "missing" people started popping up, the website reported.

"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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