Facebook says it's removing false claims that antifa arsonists started the Oregon wildfires

Facebook says it's removing false claims that antifa arsonists started the Oregon wildfires

Fire damage is seen in Mill City, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020.
Associated Press/Gillian Flaccus

A Facebook spokesman said Saturday evening the company will remove false claims circulating on its platform about extremists setting fires in Oregon.

The false rumors have alleged that members of the far-left antifa movement, or the far-right Proud Boys group, have been starting the deadly wildfires that have forced tens of thousands to evacuate.

Multiple local and federal law enforcement agencies have said they were inundated with inquiries about the false claims, and those inquiries have been using up valuable resources needed to respond to true emergencies.

Facebook said their decision to remove the false claims was based on the confirmation from law enforcement agencies that the rumors have diverted their resources.

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Facebook announced Saturday evening it would remove false claims that Oregon's wildfires were caused by far-left anti-fascist arsonists.Those false claims have resulted in local sheriff's departments being inundated with questions about the inaccurate rumors a?? and those inquiries have been draining their resources and hampering efforts to respond to the wildfires and people who need help."We are removing false claims that the wildfires in Oregon were started by certain groups," Facebook spokesman 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."
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