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How to Spot Lies on Social Media After a Mass Shooting

How to Spot Lies on Social Media After a Mass Shooting
From Lifehacker - October 2, 2017

Word travels fast when a news event is breaking. Even across the country from Las Vegas, people who hadnt gone to bed yet found it hard to sleep as they watched the body count rise and saw information drip out about what happened and who the shooter might be. But mixed in with the truth were half-truths, hoaxes, and lies.

This includes major news outlets: some will get the facts wrong in the early hours. But any good outlet will correct their reports as they go, and will cite appropriate sources.

At the same time, though, rumors will fly. Some are hearsay and speculation, but others are designed as hoaxes. Buzzfeed has a running list of Las Vegas shooting hoaxes, which includes photos and names of people who are claimed to be the shooter (but theyre not) and missing persons (likewise; one persons dad is a photo from a porn movie).

Some of the incorrect information is created by people pushing an agenda, trying to link the fictional shooter to a particular ideology or ethnic group. (Be aware that terrorist groups claiming an event may be among these, even if there was no connection between the shooter and the group; wait for confirmation from the police or other sources.) As the facts about the shooter and event emerge, they too can be twisted:

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