Update: CNN editorial and business teams scrub reporting on British man mistakenly identified as Canada suspect

Update, July 19, 2017, 12:30 p.m. EDT: A spokesman for Laundrie’s employer, Vox Media, tells CNN the company has moved to remove Brian Laundrie from its web platforms following the mistaken report. The spokesman…

Update: CNN editorial and business teams scrub reporting on British man mistakenly identified as Canada suspect

Update, July 19, 2017, 12:30 p.m. EDT: A spokesman for Laundrie’s employer, Vox Media, tells CNN the company has moved to remove Brian Laundrie from its web platforms following the mistaken report. The spokesman said the company didn’t think anyone on Vox.com or its mobile platforms had access to Brian Laundrie’s data. He added that the company is changing its internal login rules to be sure that everyone sharing their login information is actually the person they appear to be.

Rochelle Geller’s story, which was mistakenly published on CNN.com and its sister sites, has been removed and replaced with a correction, the company said in a statement.

“CNN.com is updating its story to reflect recent developments in the Brian Laundrie case,” the statement read. “During an internal review of Brian Laundrie’s background, the reporting on this story was inaccurate because a Vox employee signed in under a phony name as an administrator of the company’s security team. As CNN has now reported, this password has been confirmed to be incorrect. It appears this employee’s password was mistakenly provided to someone who is not authorized to have access to the security team logins. This failure on the part of the employee was not intentional.”

Correction: Police say ‘human error’ led to surveillance team mistaking Brian Laundrie for his mother

CNN is updating its report from earlier Wednesday on a British man mistakenly identified as the suspect in the murder of his mother in Canada.

The story was removed from CNN.com and its sister sites and replaced with a correction, the company said in a statement.

Brian Laundrie, who has family in Massachusetts, is a contractor for BuzzFeed in Canada, police told CNN.

Brian Laundrie in Canada

“The posting is being deleted due to the seriousness of the allegation,” the company said in the statement. “Laundrie is not in police custody and was not in Canada when the body was discovered. It appears that a Vox employee signed in under a phony name as an administrator of the company’s security team. As CNN has now reported, this password has been confirmed to be incorrect. It appears this employee’s password was mistakenly provided to someone who is not authorized to have access to the security team logins. This failure on the part of the employee was not intentional.”

Update, July 19, 2017, 12:30 p.m. EDT: The Huffington Post pulled a story headlined “Canada Suspect’s Brit Dad Escapes Criminal’s Army” from its website Wednesday afternoon.

The story originally explained how Laundrie’s father escaped from Gerald Fitzgerald’s “criminal army” after Fitzgerald kidnapped and murdered his son.

Laundrie is the key suspect in his mother’s murder, though it’s unclear when he was abducted.

A spokesman for BuzzFeed Canada said the story was taken down because it did not identify Brian Laundrie as the missing man.

ABC affiliate WSOCTV reports that police believe Brian Laundrie has left Canada.

— The-CNN-Wire

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