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- Some of these photos are from Portland, but not this year and not during the protests.
- Two images are from a fire in 2019.
- Two of the images are from a natural gas explosion in 2016.
- One image is from Minneapolis during demonstrations following George Floyd’s death.
Five photos being shared on Facebook show wreckage. Two of the images show what look like rows of burned out cars. A third shows several people standing in front of a ruined building. Two more reveal debris, orange cones and smoke at an intersection.
"All of downtown Portland looks like this!" reads a July 29 Facebook post about recent protests in Portland, Ore. "Ask yourself why you haven’t seen this."
The answer, it seems, is because these photos are not recent pictures of Portland. This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
One of the photos of cars is from August 2019, when a fire in Portland destroyed a townhouse, a gym and dozens of vehicles.
The second car photo, taken by AP photographer Julio Cortez, is from May 30 and shows a parking lot filled with scorched vehicles in Minneapolis "after a night of fires and looting" after the death of George Floyd, according to the caption.
We rate this post Pants on Fire.
Facebook post, July 29, 2020
Tweet, Aug. 27, 2019
KOIN, Business owners say ‘apocalyptic’ fire could have been deadly, Aug. 27, 2019
KOIN, Suspected Portland arsonist pleads not guilty, Dec. 3, 2019
Chicago Tribune, Protests in Minneapolis and across the US following the death of George Floyd, May 27, 2020
The Oregonian, Portland bagel shop owners sue pipeline company over 2016 explosion that destroyed business, Dec. 6, 2019
The Mercury News, Portland gas blast: Injured firefighter hailed as hero, Oct. 21, 2016
The Seattle Times, Gas explosion rocks Portland shopping district, injuring 8, Oct. 19, 2016
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