Facebook says it's removing false claims about who started Oregon wildfires

The blame game over the Oregon wildfires is playing out across social media, and Facebook says it’s stepping in to tackle some of the false claims circulating on its platform.

执法机构已经 flooded with calls about online rumors that members of 安蒂法, 反法西斯主义者, 通常是极左翼运动, 因在全州纵火而被捕.
“关于极端分子在俄勒冈州造成野火的报道是不正确的,” the FBI Portland said in a tweet Friday.
Since the FBI and other law enforcement agencies confirmed the claims are false, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said the platform will work to remove the rumors.
    A woman surveys the damage to a home owned by her son in a mobile home park on September 11, 2020 in Ashland, 俄勒冈州.

    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,” Stone said about the decision.
    Big Tech has been facing tremendous pressure in recent years to tackle the spread of misinformation on their platforms.
    The claims that Antifa set the fires started when the anonymous account behind QAnon posted a link to a tweet by Paul Joseph Romero Jr., a former Republican US Senate candidate from Oregon, claiming the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office had six Antifaarsonistsin custody.
    It took hours for the rumors to be amplified by QAnon’s followers.
    Speaking to CNN Saturday, Romero claimed, “My original tweet is not 100% accurate, there is no question about that, but it is mostly accurate.
    He said he is not a QAnon follower but has seen some of Q’s posts and said, “I don’t think you can discount [问] more than you can discount anybody.
    Romero said he does not plan to remove the tweet.
    Hundreds of homes in Ashland, Oregon and nearby towns have been lost due to wildfire.

    Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is urging the public to follow official sources of information and local reputable news outlets.
      In a Facebook post, the office pleaded: “Do your part, STOP. SPREADING. RUMORS!”
      At least eight people have perished in the blazes that have scorched more than 875,000 acres across the state.


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