'Antifa bus' hoaxes are spreading panic through small-town America - 2020-06-05
Mythical buses full of bloodthirsty antifa protestors are causing panic in rural counties throughout the country — even though there's no evidence they exist. The Associated Press has catalogued at least five separate rural counties where locals have warned of imminent attacks, although none of the rumors have been substantiated. Notably, the rumors are often tailored to a specific local region, a "hyperlocal" approach sometime used to boost the spread of misinformation on social media platforms.
NBC News first reported on the recent surge of antifa-related misinformation, some of which was promoted by white nationalist groups posing as antifa accounts. But even after the rumors were debunked, they continue to spread on Facebook, often inspiring real-life confrontations and instances of violence.
"Someone posted it saying it's full of antifa."