As YouTube Shooting Unfolded, Fake News Spread Like Wildfire On Twitter - MRCAESAR.COM

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

As YouTube Shooting Unfolded, Fake News Spread Like Wildfire On Twitter



During crisis situations, Twitter can be a useful resource for people seeking information from witnesses or officials about what transpired and what might happen next. But the social media platform can also be a breeding ground for rampant misinformation during breaking news events. Tuesday’s shooting at YouTube’s headquarters was a case in point.
As the shooting unfolded at YouTube’s campus in San Bruno, California, hoaxes and other misinformation began spreading on Twitter. Various people were erroneously identified as the shooter, including YouTube personality Matt Jarbo and comedian Sam Hyde. Hyde is often targeted by hoaxers in the aftermath of shootings.
So far I've seen several hoaxes purporting to show the shooter is: Sam Hyde, "a woman in a headscarf," Anita Sarkeesian, and Hillary Clinton.

Don't these asshole trolls have better things to do? https://t.co/cFiFnWgcFT

— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) April 3, 2018
Sigh. Here we go.

Obviously I'm not the shooter. #youtubeshootingpic.twitter.com/4Z8MpBUJts

— Matt Jarbo (@mundanematt) April 3, 2018

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