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It was a busy day on the social media and democracy beat, and yet all of the day's developments pale
 
April 3 · Issue #111 · View online
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It was a busy day on the social media and democracy beat, and yet all of the day’s developments pale next to the mass shooting at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno. From my story in The Verge:
At least four people were shot at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno on Tuesday, according to a police spokesman. Three victims were taken to local hospitals. A fourth victim died at the scene, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Shooting victims included a 36-year-old male in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman in serious condition, and a 27-year-old woman in fair condition, according to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital spokesman Brent Andrew.
The shooting suspect was a woman, San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said. Several hundred employees were evacuated on Tuesday afternoon after the shooting began.
Word of the shooting first broke out on Twitter via a widely shared tweet by YouTube product manager Vadim Lavrusik. But in an ugly turn during an already nightmarish series of events, Lavrusik himself was then targeted by hackers.
As Twitter users searched for news about today’s shooting at YouTube headquarters, hackers were actively compromising a verified employee account to spread misinformation. In the midst of the attack, an unknown hoaxer hijacked a verified Twitter account belonging to Vadim Lavrusik, a product manager at YouTube, and used the high-profile account to implicate a YouTube broadcaster in the shooting.
The account hijacking seems to have taken place while Lavrusik and his colleagues were still near the scene of the attack: Lavrusik reported himself safe at 2:36pm PT, and the hoax tweets began posting just 20 minutes later.
“PLEASE HELP ME FIND MY FRIEND I LOST HIM IN THE SHOOTING,” one fake tweet read, linking to a picture of Keemstar, a popular YouTuber, which was posted to Flipboard. Keemstar is not believed to have been involved in the shooting.
Jack Dorsey said he is …….. aware of the issue.
As has now become routine, reporters burrowed into social platforms in the wake of the shooting to watch hoaxes and misinformation being created in real time. At BuzzFeed, Jane Lytvynenko posted hoaxes to a Twitter thread that she updated as they were created. (In her 29th tweet in the thread, Lytvynenko herself was falsely identified as the shooter.) Her round-up includes many other people falsely accused of being the shooter, including feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesian.
Much is still unknown. By the morning, I expect we will know the shooter’s name, and the takes will start rolling in. But for now I hope we take a moment to think of the victims and their families, and to reflect on (as one trusted publisher says) we are the only nation where this regularly happens.

Democracy
Facebook suspends 273 accounts and pages tied to Russian misinformation
Facebook CEO says no plans to extend all of European privacy law globally
Teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky Walk Out: ‘It Really Is a Wildfire’
Trump’s Campaign Said It Was Better at Facebook. Facebook Agrees
Facebook’s PR Chief Walks Political Tightrope
California Would Require Twitter, Facebook to Disclose Bots
With money from Facebook, this Brazilian fact-checker created a Messenger bot for the election
This Country Said It Would Punish Journalists For Writing Fake News But Changed Its Mind
Twitter Changes Form to Include Hate Against People With Disabilities
Elsewhere
Snap is in talks to set up shop in Saudi Arabia
On Facebook, Local TV News Isn’t So Local
Instagram abandons its Apple Watch app
Instagram's new "wellbeing team" will address its effect on mental health
Facebook Watch is still tied to the news feed
Generation Z Is Already Bored by the Internet
A Call to Advertisers
Launches
Facebook will give all US users helpful context about articles shared in News Feed
Facebook now lets you bulk remove third-party apps
Snapchat introduces group video chat and friend tagging in Stories
Facebook Messenger can now send HD videos and 360-degree photos
Takes
The Case for A Zuckberg-Free Facebook
The death of the newsfeed
Fake Instagrams are one of the last refuges of the authentic online self
And finally ...
March For Our Lives
Talk to me
Questions? Comments? Puppy GIFs? casey@theverge.com
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