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Daily Beast falsely IDs Quebec shooters as white supremacists

Daily Beast falsely IDs Quebec shooters as white supremacists
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The Daily Beast fell victim to a fake news report that two white supremacists had carried out the Sunday terror attack at a Quebec City mosque that left six people dead and eight wounded.

The online publication falsely reported that two fictitious men, whose names were puns on the names of two actual conservative internet commentators, were identified as the shooters. The Daily Beast's source appeared to be a fake Twitter account posing as the international news agency Reuters.

The account has since been suspended, but screenshots from the poorly-spelled account, which called itself "Reuter New Braek" wrote, "Authorities have identified the suspects in the #Quebec City shooting as white supremacists," and named two people.

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No other publication was fooled by the hoax. The Daily Beast has since deleted the erroneous information and apologized for the error in an editor's note.

The parody account posing as Reuters took a victory lap after the Daily Beast story, tweeting about two hours after it was published, “It’s not my fault modern journalists are all gullible morons.”

Authorities later identified the sole suspect in custody after the shooting as Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, a French-Canadian university student. Police have declined to discuss a motive for the shooting, but Bissonnette has been charged with six counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder with a restricted weapon.