Fox News deletes false tweet about Quebec shooter

Fox News deletes false tweet about Quebec shooter
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Fox News has deleted a tweet with false information about the origin of the suspected shooter in an attack on a Quebec City mosque that killed six people and wounded eight.

"Suspect in Quebec mosque attack was of Moroccan origin, reports show," Fox’s Jan. 30 tweet originally said.

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The suspect has since been confirmed to be Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year-old Canadian who, according to The New York Times, "was well known to people who monitor far-right groups in Quebec, where he frequently on sites speaking about immigration and Islam."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s team had sent a letter to Fox News senior management requesting the inaccurate tweet be deleted.

"Sadly, this misleading information has been left to stand on Fox News Channel's Twitter account and continued to circulate online even now," a portion of the letter read from Kate Purchase, director of communications for the prime minister's office.

"FoxNews.com initially corrected the misreported information with a tweet and an update to the story on Monday. The earlier tweets have now been deleted. We regret the error," Rafet Kaplan, the managing editor of FoxNews.com, wrote in a statement to TVNewser on Tuesday night.

Bissonnette was formally changed with six counts of murder on Monday.