By Matt Binder
As wildfires ravage the West Coast, the FBI and local authorities in California, Oregon, and Washington are similarly combating the spread of something else: widespread false information.
Conspiracy theories about the wildfires are quicklyspreading on Facebook While they vary, numerous focus on the concept that antifa, or anti-fascists, are liable for the fires.
WARNING: Various sources in Emergency circumstance Action have really validated that the fires along the West Coast are set off by lots of arsonists.
These fires are supposedly linked to Antifa and the Riots.
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— Katie Daviscourt (@KatieDaviscourt) September 10, 2020
The most popular conspiracy theories state that cops collared antifa members for starting wildfires. Or often they’re a “first-hand account” from a shared pal who saw antifa beginning a fire.
There is no evidence of any of this happening, a truth asserted by many authorities departments and the FBI.
Reports that extremists are setting wildfires in Oregon are inaccurate. Help us stop the spread of false details by just sharing information from relied on, official sources. photo.twitter com/ENc4c3kjep
— FBI Portland (@FBIPortland) September 11, 2020
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out– Paul J. Romero, Jr.
OREGON (@PJR4Senate) September 9, 2020(*) Regrettably, false information about the wildfires may be something local authorities can’t ultimately put(*) (*).