Before he went to a historic black church and allegedly killed nine people in Charleston, South Carolina, Dylann Roof took to the internet. He uploaded a racist diatribe, a sort of origin story in which he explained how he came to be convinced that black people and white people were enemies.
This was in June 2015. According to his manifesto, Roof wasn't led down a dark path of bigotry because of fake news shared on Facebook or misleading tweets from Donald Trump. It was a Google search, prompted by the killing of Trayvon Marton, for "black on white crime" that started it all.Social Media, Misinformation, Dylann Roof, Fake News, and Conversations