AP Photo by Noah Berger / Flames from the LNU Lightning Complex fires burn around a COVID-19/Stay safe sign in unincorporated Napa County, California. In Oregon, firefighters and law enforcement also had to battle false scare rumors of “rioters and looters. Oregon’s new fire scare
Wildfires are racing toward your home. The police on loudspeaker from their cruiser tell you there’s a life-threatening fire emergency and you must evacuate.
But on Facebook you read about another threat, and you wave the cruiser away: “There’s already reports that antifa’s in town, going down the streets looting. I’m getting texts.”
That was really happening last week in towns like Molalla, Oregon, according to The New York Times.
The upshot? Police faced a double problem: deadly fires and dangerous but widely discredited rumors on Twitter and Facebook that left-wing activists had been systematically setting blazes.
“We are inundated with questions about things that are FAKE stories,” the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Medford posted on Facebook. “One example is a story circulating that varies about what group is involved as to setting fires and arrests being made. THIS IS NOT TRUE!”Law enforcement officials all across the state said they had been swamped with calls about […]
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