As authorities named Devin Patrick Kelley as the shooter in a horrifying massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas which resulted in at least 26 deaths on Sunday, Google once again served up misinformation and posts from conspiracy theorists at the top of search results for his name. On Sunday evening, Googling “Devin Patrick Kelley” delivered results from Paul Joseph Watson, the far-right personality behind InfoWars-affiliated conspiracy website Prison Planet. It also pulled up unfounded allegations Kelley was a member of antifa, an umbrella term for loosely organized groups of anti-fascist activists across the country which have become an exaggerated boogeyman in the conservative media. Advertisement The posts arrived in the form of Google’s “Popular on Twitter” module, which appears directly below “Top stories” at the top of search results. Advertisement As noted by NYC Media Lab executive director Justin Hendrix on Twitter, other dubious information pulled into the Twitter module included that Kelley was a member of a “Pro Bernie Sanders Group,” a “#MUSLIM Convert,” “a radical Alt-left, with potential ties to ANTIFA,” or named “Samir Al-Hajeeda.” Advertisement Advertisement According to the Daily Beast, the real Kelley was a former U.S. Air Force member who Defense Department records show was sentenced… Read full this story
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