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- A Twitter account impersonating a news organization tweeted information about new arrests in the Buffalo shooting, and the name of an additional victim. None of it is true.
Twitter accounts falsely posing as news organizations sometimes share misinformation during big, developing breaking news stories, such as the recent shooting in Buffalo, New York, that left 10 people dead and others injured.
One such account misleadingly appeared to be a CBS News outlet in New Zealand and tweeted about the supposed arrest of two more suspects in the shooting, as well as another victim. Social media users responded by circulating a screenshot of the posts.
"#BREAKING," read the first tweet, which included four photos. "Two individuals arrested in connection with the #Buffalo mass shooting: Dimitri Potapoff (top) and Richard McWingo (bottom), were arrested by Buffalo law enforcement on Sunday. They allegedly provided weapons, ammunition, and body armor for the shooter."
The second tweet said: "Another victim of the #Buffalo mass shooting has been identified as Bernie Gores, aged 35."
Facebook post, May 16, 2022
CBS New Zealand Twitter account, visited May 17, 2022
CBS New Zealand tweet, May 15, 2022
The New York Times, Gunman Kills 10 at Buffalo Supermarket in Racist Attack, May 14, 2022
PolitiFact, Fake news accounts spread false information about journalists in Afghanistan, Aug. 17, 2021
YouTube, If the Russian Army Captured FPSRussia | PKA, visited May 17, 2022
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