Here Are All The Hoaxes Being Spread About The Las Vegas Shooting

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The admission followed Google News' propagation of an incorrect name as a potential shooter in the tragic Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night. Users of 4chan had named the shooter as Geary Danley, and Google - in response to queries using Danley's name - surfaced into its "Top Stories" section a 4chan message board identifying him as the gunman.

There were also several social media users who spread fake "missing friends" photos on Twitter, including the fake Twitter account Jack Sins, who shared a photo of a man claiming to be his missing father.

The Gateway Pundit, a pro-Trump blog that has been credentialed by the White House, ran a story Monday morning touting a conspiracy theory and misidentifying the shooter that killed more than 50 people and injured more than 100 in Las Vegas early Monday.

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Joe Hoft wrote on USA blog Gateway Pundit that the shooter was "reportedly" a left-leaning Arkansas man named Geary Danley.

Police identified 64-year-old Stephen Paddock as the suspected shooter. 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.

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. "When the fresh 4chan story broke, it triggered Top Stories, which unfortunately led to this inaccurate result", the statement reads.

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"Our Global Security Operations Center spotted these posts this morning and we have removed them". "We are working to fix the issue that allowed this to happen", the Facebook representative told CNN. As of 8:45 a.m., most of the threads have stopped pushing the Danley narrative, but the fake news made its way to Twitter, as well.

The far-right website Breitbart News retweeted individuals calling for gun control in the wake of the shooting, likely attempting to emphasize reports that the shooter may have used an already difficult-to-obtain automatic weapon, Authorities have not announced the type of weapons the shooter used.

Another right-wing media personality, radio host Wayne Root, immediately blamed Muslims for the shooting in a tweet, calling it a "Clearly coordinated Muslim terror attack".

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Then the false reports of "missing" people started popping up, the website reported. Another top hit goes to a Heavy.com story identifying Marilou Danley as a "former "high-limit hostess" at a casino" that focuses on her ethnicity.

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