As YouTube and Facebook remove videos calling shooting survivors performers, some say its dedicated false asserts more power
The lies multiplied so rapidly Cori Langdon could hardly keep up. The taxi driver’s cellphone video of the Las Vegas mass shooting was being widely republished by conspiracy theorists, who were use it as “proof” that the carnage was staged by the government and that Langdon was an “actor”.
Langdon thought that if YouTube and Facebook removed some of the content, the online attacks and bogus narratives might stop spreading. But it wasn’t so simple.
When some footage was taken down, conspiracy theorists ensure it as further evidence that Langdon was involved in a cover-up. Some told her they were worried the FBI had gotten to her.
” It only fuels them even more ,” said Langdon, who was harassed online even while being hailed by some as a hero for picking up passengers at the Mandalay Bay shooting that killed 58 people in October.” These conspiracy theorists love their firearms. They are freaked out and paranoid .”
Concerns about conspiracy theorists bullying victims of mass shootings have intensified this month as student survivors of a Florida high school massacre have become vocal proponents for gun reforms, inducing them prime targets for online abuse. Google and Facebook have faced particularly intense scrutiny for their role in spreading false stories claiming teenage survivors are so-called crisis actors hired to promote gun control.
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