InfoWars and others spread lies on migrants bringing Ebola to US, officials confirm they’re lying – Boing Boing

InfoWars and others spread lies on migrants bringing Ebola to US, officials confirm they’re lying – Boing Boing

Trump-aligned extremists are busily spreading disinformation on the net this week about ‘Immigrants Are Bringing Ebola To The US.’ Officers say the conspiracy amplified by Alex Jones of Infowars, Gateway Pundit, and other appropriate-wingers is “Patently Untrue.”

“Baseless rumors that asylum-seekers crossing the southern border had been contaminated with the Ebola virus obtained so substantially traction on social media this week that officials in Texas held a press convention Tuesday to dispel the bogus reviews,” writes BuzzFeed News Reporter Salvador Hernandez:

Rumors about folks from Congo contaminated with the likely fatal virus experienced been circulating on social media for times from popular conservative, alt-right, and white supremacist figures. On Tuesday, officers from the metropolis of San Antonio tackled the misinformation following unsubstantiated stories have been printed on the conspiracy idea web-sites Infowars and Gateway Pundit, suggesting Ebola-infected immigrants were being roaming the city’s streets.

“This is a tiny little bit considerably ado about practically nothing,” stated Colleen Bridger, assistant city supervisor and director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Well being District. “Any rumors that they are bringing Ebola or are at risk of Ebola are patently fake.”

About 250 household units looking for asylum from Central Africa have crossed the border near San Antonio since June 4, Bridger reported, such as migrants from Congo and Angola. None of them have exhibited any indications of the virus or been flagged for the virus for the duration of their health and fitness screenings, she claimed.

The rumor promptly distribute Monday soon after the Alex Jones-owned outlet claimed in a headline, “U.S. Cities Overcome With Quantities of Unlawful Migrants Arriving From Ebola-Stricken Nations.”

An Infowars reporter also went to a temporary immigrant shelter at the San Antonio Useful resource Middle to adhere to up on rumors about the virus. The Infowars reporter turned on their digicam inside the shelter, against a request of individuals managing the heart, and was eliminated soon after receiving into a “kerfuffle,” Bridger said.

Significantly-Correct Figures Are Proclaiming Immigrants Are Bringing Ebola To The US. Officers Say Which is “Patently Wrong.” [buzzfeednews.com]

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