Authorities have identified the suspects in #Quebec City shooting as white supremacists David M.J. Aurine and Mathieu Fournier pic.twitter.com/WxkV9eoFcM
— Reuter New Braek (@ReutersBrk) January 30, 2017
The leftist news site The Daily Beast so wanted the Quebec mosque shooters to be white that they fell for a hoax.
A tweet appearing to be from a Reuters breaking news account identified the gunmen in a terrorist attack on a Quebec City mosque as two white supremacists, named David Aurine and Mathieu Fornier.
But the account is fake. Its profile says it is a “Parody that’s not actually affiliated with Reuters in any way.”
The account was created in August 2016 and has previously tweeted fake news about mass shootings, including identifying the Fort Lauderdale airport gunman as alt-right personality Mike Cernovich. It also claimed Republican strategist Rick Wilson attempted an assassination Donald Trump, among other hoaxes connected to major news events.
The account has only two people following it, and follows 278. But the tweet was reposted more than 1,000 times in the hour after it was posted and the names spread quickly on social media.
The photo on the left in the fake account’s tweet is of Davis M.J. Aurini, an alt-right Trump supporter from Canada.
Aurini, who calls himself Davis the Deplorable, appears to be in on the joke. He has previously retweeted the fake Reuters account, and on Sunday shared an article calling him the shooter, saying “Time to come clean: David Aurine is my twin brother, left handed, works with Antifa, wasn’t raised by wolves like me.”
The man in the second photo, called Mathieu Fornier, is Matt Forney, an alt-right writer.
The Reuters “parody” account previously used a photo of Forney and called him the leader of Russia’s hacking team:
“BREAKING: CIA identifies leader of Russian hacking campaign in US election as Matvei Fornov #Russia #russianhacking pic.twitter.com/nTYNfsQWdj
— Reuter New Braek (@ReutersBrk) January 28, 2017”
The Daily Beast is among the news outlets to say Reuters was reporting Aurine and Fornier as the suspects. Its report links to the CBC, but it is not clear if the CBC also fell for the hoax.