Man Believes Fake News Shared on Social Media; Shoots Up Pizzeria

A Washington, D.C. pizzeria was the center of online attacks on fake news websites saying that it was the center of a child porn ring. The owner was harassed online and received death threats. The New York Times reported it shortly after the 2016 presidential election.

Two weeks later, a man who apparently believed what people shared on Facebook and Twitter about it fired shots at the restaurant.

The articles making those allegations were widespread across the web, appearing on sites including Facebook and Twitter. Apparently concerned, Mr. Welch drove about six hours on Sunday from his home to Comet Ping Pong to see the situation for himself, according to court documents. Not long after arriving at the pizzeria, the police said, he fired from an assault-like AR-15 rifle.

Fortunately, no one was hurt. The man was arrested.

Read more about it at the New York Times.

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Author: Nicholas

Experienced Mortgage Banker at Colorado State Bank and Trust. Effectively bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese. Expert on real estate market in the Front Range.

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