Facebook Finally Cracks Down on Bogus Propaganda About Oregon Wildfires

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  2 weeks ago  •  5 comments

By:   Gizmodo

Facebook Finally Cracks Down on Bogus Propaganda About Oregon Wildfires
As emergency responders in Oregon struggle to contain a record 900,000 acres of wildfires across the state, local police have been fighting to contain a torrent of bogus rumors spreading online. Throughout Thursday and Friday, tens of thousands of users shared posts blaming extremists on both sides of the aisle (but mostly antifa) for setting the blaze. The bulk of these falsehoods coalesced on Facebook, and now the platform says it's enforcing a hard crackdown. Better late than never, I...

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As emergency responders in Oregon struggle to contain a record 900,000 acres of wildfires across the state, local police have been fighting to contain a torrent of bogus rumors spreading online. Throughout Thursday and Friday, tens of thousands of users shared posts blaming extremists on both sides of the aisle (but mostly antifa) for setting the blaze. The bulk of these falsehoods coalesced on Facebook, and now the platform says it's enforcing a hard crackdown.Better late than never, I suppose.

"We are removing false claims that the wildfires in Oregon were started by certain groups," Facebook's policy communications director, Andy Stone, tweeted Saturday.

"This is based on confirmation from law enforcement that these rumors are forcing local fire and police agencies to divert resources from fighting the fires and protecting the public. This is consistent with our past efforts to remove content that could lead to imminent harm given the possible risk to human life as the fires rage on."

It marks a stark escalation compared to Facebook's initial response. On Friday, a Facebook spokesperson told Gizmodo that it was reducing the distribution of posts responsible for rumors about the wildfires and adding "strong warning labels" onto existing posts.

But it still feels like far too little too late (you really think Facebook would have learned its lesson about the cost of inaction after the Kenosha shooting incident).

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Reports of armed vigilantes accosting journalists and Oregon residents have been steadilypouring in over the last 48 hours as extremists attempt to "defend" the area against antifa, even after federal and state officials vehemently debunked these claims. The Portland branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigations even sent out a tweet Friday calling the rumors "untrue" and imploring people to stop spreading them.

Many of the adherents spreading these false claims point to a specific article from Law Enforcement Today that originally tied left-wing extremists to the start of the wildfires (it has since been updated with statements from local officials calling those rumors "100 false information").

Facebook said on Thursday that its third-party fact-checkers had rated these allegations of coordinated attacks as "false" and it had taken action to limit the article's reach. Though as of Saturday evening, the article still had more than 360,00o interactions, including more than 70,000 shares, according to data from Facebook-owned social analytics platform CrowdTangle.

As for Facebook's takedown efforts, Stone said "enforcement is ongoing" on Twitter Saturday, which explains why when I search the phrase "antifa wildfires" it still brings up a few crackpots claiming this is all some sort of deep state conspiracy.


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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

There appears to be no area of American life , including tragic wildfires, where the far right crackpots do not try and inject themselves. 

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
2  Release The Kraken    2 weeks ago

Six BLM/Antifa members have been arrested starting fires. One Far left loon livestreamed his arson.

The media doesn't want this narrative out so as the first arrests were made snopes and politifact in concert with CNN and MSNBC began pitching the right-wing conspiracy.

A little research will quickly dispell this fake narrativejrSmiley_86_smiley_image.gif

God forbid the angelic leftwing terrorists democrats fawn over be cast in a negative light....

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Release The Kraken @2    2 weeks ago

I dont take advice from conspiracy mongers. 

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
2.1.1  Release The Kraken  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    2 weeks ago

Google is your friend.

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
2.1.2  The Magic Eight Ball  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    2 weeks ago

I dont take advice from conspiracy mongers

sure you do....  you believe the likes of cnn, and huffingtonpost all the time.

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