Knife attacker in fake suicide vest killed by police on London Bridge
Praise for members of the public who tackled the man before he was shot at point-blank range. Another bystander could be seen carrying a large knife from the scene.The members of the public who intervened have been widely praised, with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan hailing their “breathtaking heroism” and Prime Minister Boris Johnson their “extraordinary bravery”.Eye-witnesses said the suspect appeared to be wearing a suicide vest but Neil Basu, the head of UK counter-terrorism policing, said the vest was a fake.
A fake tweet claiming to be by the Labour party leader is going viral. Soon afterwards, a screenshot of a fake Jeremy Corbyn tweet began to circulate on Twitter and WhatsApp.
A fake tweet falsely claims Jeremy Corbyn said the London Bridge attacker was “murdered by British Police”. # LondonBridge ”. The tweet is fake , as many other news outlets have also reported. We rely mainly on donations from people like you and from charitable trusts. A wide range of funders
In the immediate aftermath of theterror attack last week, tweeted his condolences, thanked the emergency services and said his “thoughts are with those caught up in the incident”.
But there was one problem – someone had beaten him to it with a fake tweet claiming he had condemned police for “murdering” the attacker whoand injured three others.
Before the death of Usman Khan had been confirmed, the imposter post had spread over social media sites like Twitter, WhatsApp and 4Chan.
Alastair Reid, digital editor at, told HuffPost UK the fake was both crude and devastatingly sophisticated at the same time, taking seconds to create but proving near-impossible to counteract as its content was crafted to play into existing established narratives.
London attacker named, was previously convicted of terrorism offences
London attacker named, was previously convicted of terrorism offences and was released from prison last year. "This individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences," Britain's top counter-terrorism police officer, Neil Basu, said in a statement. "He was released from prison in December 2018 on licence and clearly, a key line of enquiry now is to establish how he came to carry out this attack," Basu said. A person who is released on licence is subject to conditions for the duration of their sentence after leaving prison.
After the London Bridge attack, an organised effort to spread fake tweets from Jeremy Corbyn began to manipulate social media. As news emerged of multiple injuries in a terrorist attack on London Bridge , a tweet apparently from Jeremy Corbyn began to circulate on WhatsApp and Twitter.
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“Jeremy Corbyn’s views on things like security, armed police, shoot-to-kill have been repeatedly misrepresented and used as a stick to beat him and Labour with,” he added.
“It is scarily easy to fake screenshots, whether that’s of tweets or websites or Facebook posts or whatever.”
How easy? HuffPost UK made this one with a readily-available online tool in around 20 seconds.
Here’s how quickly the fake tweet appeared and spread.
Friday, November 29
Armed with a knife, Usman Khan inflicts fatal wounds on 23-year-old Saskia Jones and 25-year-old Jack Merritt and injures three others.
1.58pm (+ 3 mins)
The Met Police receive the first call alerting them to the ongoing attack at Fishmongers’ Hall near London Bridge.
Jeremy Corbyn blasts UK leaders for fuelling terrorism with war in Iraq and by backing Donald Trump
In a speech on Sunday the Labour leader will say the war on terror has "manifestly failed" and slam his own party for the invasion of Iraq 16 years ago under Tony Blair.Details of the speech have been released with the Labour leader due to say the war on terror has "manifestly failed", adding that security requires "calmly making the right calls at moments of high pressure".
Jeremy Corbyn on the other hand claimed the UK’s military interventions had “exacerbated rather than resolved” homegrown terrorism. Mr Umunna has slammed Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn for their responses to the London Bridge stabbings (Image: GETTY).
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2.03pm (+ 8 mins)
Khan is shot dead by police after being chased out of Fishmongers’ Hall and tackled to the ground by a group of men on London Bridge, one armed with a.
Another, 24-year-old Thomas Gray, later said: “I was brought up on rugby and the rule is ‘one in, all in’. I did what any Londoner would do and tried to put a stop to it.”
2.11pm (+ 16 mins)
Sixteen minutes after the attack began, the first tweets from the public mentioning an incident on London Bridge are posted. The details are sketchy and there is confusion about what the attacker is armed with and who exactly is doing the shooting
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The Labour leader has backed the use of "lethal force" against the London Bridge terrorist, despite his previous reservationsIn a speech in York on Sunday, Mr Corbyn will turn fire on the Conservatives following the London Bridge attack, after Home Secretary Priti Patel went on the offensive against Labour.
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Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn going head to head in the BBC Election Debate in Maidstone. Mr Corbyn did not specify which comments he was referring to but Mr Johnson has been widely criticised for He asked the audience: " How can you get a deal, a new deal from Brussels for Brexit, if you
2.13pm (+ 18 mins)
Two minutes later, the first tweet specifically claiming the police had shot someone is posted.
At the same time, the Met Police confirm they are dealing with an “incident” though no further details are given.
2.17pm (+ 22 mins)
About 22 minutes after the attack began, the media starts sending out alerts on the developing story.
2.21pm (+ 26 mins)
The first video, taken by a passenger on a bus that was crossing London Bridge, is posted to Twitter.
Party leaders accused of politicising London Bridge terror attack
Former government adviser Dame Louise Casey says the issues are ‘much more difficult’ than politicians allow.Following a series of heated changes over the weekend involving Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, Dame Louise Casey – a former government adviser on community cohesion – said both sides were oversimplifying the issue.
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It depicts heavily-armed police pointing their weapons at the attacker. He is not moving but it has not yet been confirmed he is dead.
2.34pm (+ 39 mins)
By this time a number of videos of the incident are circulating on Twitter, clearly.
2.46pm (+ 51 mins)
The first example of the fake Jeremy Corbyn tweet posted to Twitter comes from an account called “JeSuisCanard” at 2.46pm – just 51 minutes after the attack began and before even police confirm anyone has been shot.
Note: We’ve added the “fake” badge ourselves. Obviously, it wasn’t included in the original hoax.
“We saw it in some pro-Brexit and anti-Labour Facebook groups and pages and eventually traced it back to a handful of Twitter users who were actively seeking out viral footage of the incident on the bridge and posting the tweet in the replies,” Reid says.
“They were actively trying to get it seen by as many people as possible and then laughing about it.”
3.22pm (+ 87 mins)
Nearly one and a half hours after the attack began, and 36 minutes after the fake tweet was posted, the police confirm for the first time that a shooting has taken place.
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3.39pm (+ 104 mins)
Jeremy Corbyn’s official account tweets the Labour leader’s genuine message of sympathy and condolences.
4.24pm (+ 149 mins)
In a press conference, Neil Basu, the head of UK counter-terrorism policing, confirms the person shot dead on London Bridge was the attacker.
5.29pm (+ 214 mins)
Despite Corbyn’s real tweet being posted over two hours ago, the fake version has been picked up by a number of people on Twitter who think it is real.
One person even replies to the genuine tweet with the fake version, saying: “Oh, so it’s thank you now?”
“For people who had been on the receiving end of this narrative for a long time, the tweet appeared to fit their view of Corbyn,” Reid says.
“This is a key part of how disinformation works: the idea of confirmation bias. We, as human beings, are more biased to believe something if it confirms our existing views.
“It’s just easier that way and it takes less brain power to process something that doesn’t contradict our core beliefs or existing ideas.”
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If Jeremy Corbyn becomes PM, his impact on our global standing would be disastrousCredit: EPA. Do not kid yourself this is a normal election. The Corbyn nightmare is infinitely worse and more extreme than anything ever Murderer who took on London Bridge terrorist moves jails after death threats.
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn sparked backlash for revealing what he claimed were top-secret Government documents on the NHS and Northern Ireland. But when pressed for the source of the papers and how they came into his hands, he refused to answer.
5.49pm (+ 234 mins)
At 5.49pm, ABC News journalist James Longman says he has been shown the fake tweet by a cab driver who had been sent it on WhatsApp.
Worryingly, Longman adds that even though he told him to look at Corbyn’s real tweet, he is still not convinced the fake tweet is actually fake.
“For people who had been drip-fed the idea of Corbyn as a terrorist sympathiser, this was like a laser-guided missile. It went straight through their defences, their critical thinking, and hit an emotional core,” Reid says.
The exact impact of the fake tweet is nearly impossible to determine, but based on social media posts and anecdotal evidence, it was seen and believed by members of the public – a worrying prospect just days away from a general election.
Ultimately, it is up to the public to check information, particularly that which comes from social media.
“Disinformation is designed to trigger an emotional response and tap into people’s core beliefs. So if you see something online that makes you angry or makes you laugh, that is a sign that it might not be true,” Reid says.
“Does the source have a clear link to a party or campaign group? Is it always attacking one side of a debate and promoting another?
“Then, can you find evidence of the claim elsewhere? Has anyone else reported it and are they reliable sources?”
A toolkit for identifying misleading information online is available from.
Police car crashes and cameraman hurt in chaotic scenes around Jeremy Corbyn .
The media were waiting to speak to the Labour leader over the party's crushing General Election defeat Members of the press had gathered outside Islington Town Hall in the Labour leader's London constituency when the accident happened today, reports The Mirror.