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Facebook deleting posts linking activist groups to Oregon fires

Social media posts falsely claim activist arsonists are to blame of the deadly fires.

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Facebook says it will remove posts that falsely claim deadly wildfires in Oregon were deliberately started by arsonists for both far-right and far-left groups. The move comes as the FBI says its investigations have found the claims to be unsubstantiated.

Facebook, which typically places labels on posts that contain misinformation, said Saturday it’s removing posts “that could lead to imminent harm given the possible risk to human life as the fires rage on.” The social media giant decided on the stricter approach after “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,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said in a Twitter post.

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. (2/2) — Andy Stone (@andymstone) September…

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