Far-right targets immigration activists after deadly El Paso shooting - 2019-08-03
Far-right networks on Twitter are trying to use a hoax spread by an American Conservative news and opinion website a few days ago to blame a mass shooting in El Paso on "antifa" — a loose collective of left-wing activists who focus on combating racism, sexism, xenophobia and other oppressive ideologies.
At least 20 people are dead and 26 injured after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday afternoon, according to state officials. The suspect is described as a 21-year-old white male, and the FBI is reportedly investigating the incident as a hate crime. Before the rampage, the shooter allegedly posted an anti-immigrant manifesto on an online message board.
Not long after the shooting, social media users started speculating on the motive and ideology of the shooter — and it didn't take long for some to settle on an unfounded narrative blaming antifa, shorthand for antifascists, for the bloodshed.