Many of the adherents spreading these false claims point to a specific article from Law Enforcement Today that originally tied left-wing extremists to the start of the wildfires (it has since been updated with statements from local officials calling those rumors “100 false information”).


Facebook said on Thursday that its third-party fact-checkers had rated these allegations of coordinated attacks as “false” and it had taken action to limit the article’s reach. Though as of Saturday evening, the article still had more than 360,00o interactions, including more than 70,000 shares, according to data from Facebook-owned social analytics platform CrowdTangle.

As for Facebook’s takedown efforts, Stone said “enforcement is ongoing” on Twitter Saturday, which explains why when I search the phrase “antifa wildfires” it still brings up a few crackpots claiming this is all some sort of deep state conspiracy.