The Daily Beast wrongfully accused two fictitious white supremacists as the prime suspects in the Quebec City mosque shooting Sunday night after falling for a bogus Reuters Twitter account.
Late Sunday night, an unverified account pretending to be Reuters tweeted, “Authorities have identified the suspects in #Quebec City shooting as white supremacists David M.J. Aurine and Mathieu Fournier.”
The two wrongly identified individuals are right-wing bloggers Davis M.J. Aurini and Matt Forney.
In spite of the fact that only one tweet from an unverified account provided this information, The Daily Beast cited it in its piece on the shooting.
“Police said two suspects were in custody after the attack. They were identified as white supremacists David M.J. Aurine and Mathieu Fournier, according to Reuters,” read the story without an author byline.