06.04.2018 - 09:37 [ MercuryNews.com ]

YouTube shooting brings burst of fake news, hacking

(3.4.2018) A hacker targeted YouTube employee Vadim Lavrusik’s Twitter account a few hours after he tweeted that he’d heard shots and was barricaded in a room with colleagues. A number of fake tweets were posted on his timeline, one of them a homophobic insult. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted, “We’re on it.” Lavrusik later tweeted that he had his account “back.” (…)

A reporter who took to Twitter to call out fake-news tweets identifying as the shooter a range of people — including Hillary Clinton and several YouTube performers — was herself identified as the attacker.