Internet trolls flooded social media with fake information about the Las Vegas massacre in the hours that followed — with some even posting photos of people who share the same name as the shooter.
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When he woke up on Monday morning and checked his phone, the New Brunswick resident couldn’t believe what he saw.
“I was taken back,” Paddock said in an interview with The Daily Gleaner (paywall).
“People I don’t even know are sharing my picture.”
Speaking to the Canadian newspaper on Tuesday, Paddock described how he awoke to find hundreds of nasty comments on his brand new IG page — and his profile being circulated online.
“Even after the [shooter] was dead, the [comments] kept coming through,” he said.
By Tuesday, more than 1,000 people had commented on Paddock’s account — which was created just hours before Stephen Paddock, of Nevada, went on his deadly rampage at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
“Its soo funny how this innocent bystanders account is being used as an [sic] home page of the other Stephen,” wrote one IG user.
“This isn’t him guys. Chill, this guy is from Canada…leave the poor Canadian guy alone,” another added.
While most of the feedback was negative, Paddock said he did receive a few messages that were positive.
“The people that took the time to find me on Facebook were the…people that were wishing me well,” he explained. “I would say about 20 percent of the people were compassionate and knew right away…There’s hope for humanity.”