Here are the hoaxes and misinformation spreading about the shooter at YouTube headquarters

Here are the hoaxes and misinformation spreading about the shooter at YouTube headquarters

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On April 3, as reports surfaced that there was an active shooter situation at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, CA, hoaxes and other misinformation related to the incident bubbled up in right-wing circles on Twitter, 4chan, and Gab.

Claims that the incident was a false flag planted by the “deep state”

“I guess the deep state wanted youtube (sic) to have a little sympathy.”

[Gab, 4/3/18]

“How loud can you say #FalseFlag?”

[Gab, 4/3/18]

“If true, it’s another psy-op … designed” to remove gun-related content from YouTube.”

[Gab, 4/3/18]

“Yet another fabrication by the Deep State.”

Hoaxes rehashing old internet memes and accusing YouTube users

Rehash of the Sam Hyde hoax:

 [Twitter, 4/3/18]

 [Twitter, 4/3/18]

 [Twitter, 4/3/18]

 [Twitter, 4/3/18]

Claim that it was “liberalist” video game YouTube live streamer Steven Bonnell II:

 [Twitter, 4/3/18]

Claim that it was YouTuber Dragonlord:

 [Twitter, 4/3/18]

Claims that it was Anita Sarkeesian, the victim of online harassment originating with Gamergate:

 [Twitter, 4/3/18]

Claims that shooter was Buzzfeed hoax debunker Jane Lytvynenko:

 [Twitter, 4/3/18]

Claims that shooter’s motive was YouTube parent company Google’s “diversity” and “inclusiveness”

Gateway Pundit’s White House correspondent blamed “inclusiveness and diversity” hiring initiatives:

[Twitter, 4/3/18]

[Gab, 4/3/18]

Claims that the shooting was a response to YouTube removing firearm training content

Gateway Pundit's Lucian Wintrich:

[Twitter, 4/3/18]

Infowars reporter Millie Weaver:

[Twitter, 4/3/18]

“37 people” transported to the hospital

Newsweek tweeted that 37 people were taken to the hospital but later issued a clarification and deleted the original tweet:

[Twitter, 4/3/18, 4/3/18]

Right-wing troll Laura Loomer:

[Twitter, 4/3/18]

Posted In
Crime, Guns
Person
Laura Loomer, Lucian Wintrich
Show/Publication
You Tube
Stories/Interests
Fake News, Alt-right and pro-Trump trolls
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