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Music vlogger Anthony Fantano mistaken for Oregon shooter

on October 02, 2015, 2:33pm

Popular YouTube music vlogger Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop was misidentified by an Australian news agency as the gunman responsible for yesterday’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

As Noisey points out, SBS News incorrectly attributed Fantano’s photo as that of the gunman, and used it during its broadcast of the events on Thursday. The confusion appears to stem from 4chan, whose members recognized Fantano’s resemblance to the shooter and intentionally used his photo to confuse members of the media who accessed the message board to further investigate the story. (The actual gunman reportedly posted about his intentions on 4chan prior to the tragic events.)

Update: Fantanto has released a video addressing SBS News’ mistake.

Watch video of SBS News’ report with Fantano’s photo.