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The White House's unproven claims on Facebook and Twitter that antifa activists are placing bricks to incite riots have been taken down (FB)

The White House's unproven claims on Facebook and Twitter that antifa activists are placing bricks to incite riots have been taken down (FB)
Associated Press



The White House spread a conspiracy theory that "antifa" activists are placing caches of bricks around cities to incite riots.




There's no evidence for this theory, that has circulated on social media in recent days, and many of the suspicious pallets have been found to have legitimate purposes.




Antifa is also not a single organized group, but is a term that refers to a range of anti-fascist activists with different motivations and methods of protest.




While there isn't evidence of antifa-led violence, there have been signs of far-right extremists trying to infiltrate the protests and spark violence.




The posts by the White House also presented a new challenge for Facebook and Twitter, which have struggled with how to properly moderate the president's posts.




A few hours after the posts went up, they disappeared from Facebook and Twitter. It's not clear why.



The White House spread an unproven conspiracy theory on social media blaming far-left groups and "antifa" for placing pallets of bricks at protests following the death of George Floyd to incite anti-police violence.
On Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday, the official White House accounts wrote, "antifa and professional anarchists are invading our communities, staging bricks and weapons to instigate violence," alongside a video of piles of bricks found in various US cities. "These are acts of domestic terror."
Similar claims have circulated widely online in recent days, fueled by photos and videos of piles of bricks found across the US. But there is currently no actual evidence proving that any of the bricks were placed deliberately in an attempt to stoke violence — whether by protesters or anyone else.
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