Looking to fight social media misinformation in your community? RuralOrganizing.org recently released a community resource just for you! Does this sound familiar?
“We’re being told that buses are en route from [out of town] for today’s march downtown, businesses – please bring in any furniture, signs, etc. that could possibly be thrown through windows. Let’s keep our city safe and peaceful!”
If so, then it’s likely that your community has been targeted by an active white nationalist online misinformation campaign. Using Facebook and other social media outlets, white nationalists are working quickly to disrupt the progress of racial justice in the wake of the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
Starting on May 30, 2020, the RuralOrganizing.org network began hearing the same rumor mentioning out-of-town “antifa” rioters bussing into various regions across the country. This guide was written with the help of dozens of leaders from across the country in response to those rumors. Our goal was to create a resource to help community leaders fight misinformation online.