Twitter reckons with its fake news problem after YouTube shooting


Today’s Technology Intelligence newsletter focuses on the misinformation that spread on Twitter after the YouTube headquarters shooting on Tuesday night. The below is a part of our daily email, which is sent Monday to Friday. For more, sign up here.

Fake Twitter

Last night, a woman opened fire with a handgun at YouTube’s headquarters in Silicon Valley, shooting three people before killing herself. As soon as shots were fired, YouTube employees and those in the local area began documenting the incident on Twitter.

Just as quickly, fake news took hold. Online misinformation is now a part of every tragedy, but what was striking about last night was just how quickly and forcefully the hoaxes and…