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At a news conference Sunday, Connecticut State Police warned about misinformation about the school shooting in Newtown being spread over social media and said those spreading falsehoods could be prosecuted under the law.
"There has been misinformation coming from people posing as the shooter in this case, posing using other IDs, mimicking this crime scene and criminal activity that took place in his community," he said.
"These issues are crimes. They will be investigated, statewide and federally, and prosecutions will take place when people perpetrating this information are identified," said Vance.
Some of the misinformation came from the mainstream media as reporters tried to get details of the case even before police had a chance to complete a preliminary investigation.
And some of it was simply fabrication originating in social media itself.
Originally posted by shaneslaughta
there has been umpteen threads on this today.