People Are Sharing Falsely Identified Suspects And Other Misinformation About The Las Vegas Shooting

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 02:  Las Vegas police investigate a side street near the Las Vegas Village after a lone gunman opened fired on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The gunman, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, allegedly opened fire from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the music festival, leaving at least 58 people dead and over 500 injured. According to reports, Paddock killed himself at the scene. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

People Are Sharing Falsely Identified Suspects And Other Misinformation About The Las Vegas Shooting

Look out for this fake news when reading about the attack.

Published October 2, 2017

Although social media can be a tool in times of emergency, it can often work to spread falsehoods and misinformation surrounding terrible incidents. When it comes to the Las Vegas shooting, which has left over 50 people dead, it's no exception. 

It is important to make sure information being spread about a shooting or attack is verified and substantiated in order to prevent innocent people from being blamed and keeping a false narrative from going viral. 

Here are some of the biggest hoaxes to watch out for when it comes to the Las Vegas shooting.

  1. Misidentifying the suspect as an ISIS convert

    This circulating image is a photo of comedian Sam Hyde, which has become a meme for trolls to post after mass shootings.  

  2. Twitter accounts looking for fake victims

    The above picture is not of a missing victim, but is taken from a suspect connected to a murder case in Mexico.

  3. False reports about multiple shootings at other Las Vegas hotels

    Wayne Root, a conservative social media personality, tweeted about the shooting being a "coordinated Muslim terror attack." He also claimed to have sources that confirmed there were shots fired at multiple hotels. Neither of these are true. 

  4. Rumors about Paddock being a Bernie Sanders supporter, even though his brother said he had no political affiliations

    YouTuber Steven Haffley posted an unverified claim that Stephen Paddock was seen at an anti-Trump rally in Reno, Nevada, in August 2017. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: David Becker/Getty Images)


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