Twitter suspended many accounts for spreading false information

Multiple Twitter accounts appear to have been suspended or curtailed in the wake of Tuesday’s shooting at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California.

The actions come amid continued concerns over the online spread of false information that occurs on social media around shootings and other major news events, much of which involves the naming of false suspects.

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On Tuesday, BuzzFeed reporter Jane Lytvynenko identified numerous tweets purporting to identify the assailant in the YouTube shooting, which left four people injured. Many of the tweets, Lytvynenko pointed out, resurfaced false claims from previous mass casualty incidents; one even misidentified the shooter as Lytvynenko herself.

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