In times of crisis, can you trust an algorithm to deliver the most accurate and up-to-date news you’re craving to get?
In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting that left more than 50 dead and 200 injured, the answer seems to be a big fat no.
This is the Google search result when you look up the name of “Geary Danley,” who is currently at the center of a 4chan-inspired conspiracy theory that wrongly identifies him as the gunman:
Two out of four results are 4chan threads from the online lair of the alt-right, /pol/, which is infamous for trolling and spreading misinformation and fake news (another is Iranian state-funded Press TV). Read more…