Fake News Fills Information Void in Las Vegas Shooting


Conservative writer Joe Hoft pounced, publishing and then retracting an article about the misidentified man. Police later identified a different person, Stephen Paddock, as the shooter.

A few hours later, searches for the same name were showing articles debunking the 4chan post and cataloguing the trail of viral fake news after the shooting.

Once police identified Paddock, accounts on Twitter and Facebook began claiming he was part of the leftist group Antifa.

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