Google, Facebook Say They Promoted Wrong Reports on Las Vegas Shooting

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Erroneous posts linked on both services falsely identified the shooter.

Google and Facebook say they erroneously promoted websites that gave incorrect first and last names for the suspect in Sunday's deadly Las Vegas mass shooting before replacing them.

Erroneous posts linked on both services falsely identified the shooter.

Police have identified the shooter as Stephen Craig Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada.

Google said in a statement that a link to the "Politically Incorrect" message board on 4chan.org appeared for several hours in its "Top Stories" search results before its search algorithm replaced it with more relevant results. The 4chan result only appeared "for a small number of queries," Google said.

Facebook said its security team removed results from the conservative political website The Gateway Pundit and other similar posts.

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