NEW YORK: Facebook today (Sunday) has assured that it will remove false claims from its platform that the wildfires in Oregon were deliberately started by certain groups.
“The decision is consistent with Facebook’s efforts to remove content that could lead to imminent harm,” Policy communications director Andy Stone said on Twitter.
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 12, 2020
Andy Stones further said that the platform was taking the action following confirmation from law enforcement that the rumors were forcing local fire and police agencies to divert resources from fighting the fires and protecting the public. However, he did not indicate how many posts or accounts would be affected.
The FBI’s Portland division tweeted Friday that reports that extremists are setting wildfires in Oregon are untrue and urged people only to share information from trusted.
“Conspiracy theories and misinformation take valuable resources away from local fire and police agencies working around the clock to bring these fires under control,” FBI special agent in charge Loren Cannon said in a statement.
— FBI Portland (@FBIPortland) September 11, 2020