Disinformation related to wildfires 'spreading faster than fire'

APTOPIX California Wildfires

For years, social media has been under scrutiny for its ability to quickly spread disinformation.

Now experts say that false news about the wildfires on the west coast of America is spreading faster that the fires themselves.

Recently a string of rumours surfaced, blaming Antifa for the wildfires.

Despite moves by police departments to debunk the stories, the fake news continued to spread, even being picked up and repeated by a local politician.

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The Golden Gate Bridge is barely visible through smoke from wildfires Wednesday morning, Sept. 9, 2020, in this view from Fort Baker near Sausalito, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Smoke from California wildfires obscures the sky over Oracle Park as the Seattle Mariners take batting practice before their baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco. People from San Francisco to Seattle woke Wednesday to hazy clouds of smoke lingering in the air, darkening the sky to an eerie orange glow that kept street lights illuminated into midday, all thanks to dozens of wildfires throughout the West. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
The skyline in the distance behind Oracle Park is partially visible with smoke from wildfires late Wednesday afternoon Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Under darkened skies from wildfire smoke, a jogger makes his way along McCovey Cove outside Oracle Park on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco. People from San Francisco to Seattle woke Wednesday to hazy clouds of smoke lingering in the air, darkening the sky to an eerie orange glow that kept street lights illuminated into midday, all thanks to dozens of wildfires throughout the West. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
The skyline in the distance behind Crissy Field is barely visible with smoke from wildfires late Wednesday morning, Sept. 9, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Jamie Johnson, of San Francisco, takes his lunch at Embarcadero as smoky skies from the northern California wildfires casts a reddish color in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo by Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: People walk and ride along Embarcadero as smoky skies from the northern California wildfires casts a reddish color during the morning in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo by Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: People take photos of the smoky skies from the northern California wildfires as it casts a reddish color during lunch time in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo by Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Smoky skies from the northern California wildfires casts a reddish color in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo by Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)
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