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Beware Of These Posts About The Las Vegas Shooting--They're All Untrue

Beware Of These Posts About The Las Vegas Shooting--They're All Untrue
Updated 8 months ago

Most people react with support and love (or thoughts and prayers!) to unthinkable tragedies like the mass shooting in Las Vegas. But there are also those who find a malicious thrill in spreading false rumors at a time when Americans are seeking real information. Here are a few FALSE stories to watch out for:

Comedian Sam Hyde "identified" as the shooter:

Police identified the shooter as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, but that didn't stop trolls from claiming comedian Sam Hyde, or Muslim convert "Samir Al-Hajeed," was the gunman. 

After nearly every mass shooting, Sam Hyde has been fingered as the culprit. He's almost a meme:

No wait, Jack Sins knows:

Twitter user @immryx shared a picture of a man he claimed was his missing father. The photo, tweeted Monday, was actually of porn star Johnny Sins. When Mashable reached @immryx and asked why he posted the lie, he responded:

I think you know why...for the retweets.

The user's account has since been disabled, but the tweet originally read:

My dad is missing after Las Vegas shooting. Please RT and share. We are distraught #LasVegas#LasVegasShooting

Taylor Joshuas, a fake "victim":

Taylor Joshuas does not exist, and the accounts spreading this lie have been taken down. 

But responses to the tweets are still active on social media:

Missing footballers:

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is not missing, but at least one account has shared a photo of him, claiming it's their missing brother, a "practicing Muslim," who disappeared during the shooting:

Ozil is not actually missing. Many internet trolls treat these false reports as recurring jokes during mass shootings. None of them are real.

And none of them are funny to anyone but sad people desperate for attention from a scared public.