Twitter accounts falsely posing as news organizations sometimes share misinformation during big, developing breaking news stories, such as the recent shooting in Buffalo, New York, that left 10 people dead and others injured.
One such account misleadingly appeared to be a CBS News outlet in New Zealand and tweeted about the supposed arrest of two more suspects in the shooting, as well as another victim. Social media users responded by circulating a screenshot of the posts.
“#BREAKING,” read the first tweet, which included four photos. “Two individuals arrested in connection with the #Buffalo mass shooting: Dimitri Potapoff (top) and Richard McWingo (bottom), were arrested by Buffalo law enforcement on Sunday. They allegedly provided weapons, ammunition, and body armor for the shooter.”
The second tweet said: “Another victim of the #Buffalo mass shooting has been identified as Bernie Gores, aged 35.”
Facebook posts sharing images of these tweets were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
(Screenshot from Facebook)
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