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- This photo was altered to make it look like these buses say “Soros Riot Dance Squad.”
- The transportation company that owns the buses said they are used as shuttles for Amazon.
We’ve debunked claims that philanthropist George Soros is supplying rocks for rioters in Los Angeles and "funding the chaos" in Minneapolis. A recent blog post is in this same genre of misinformation, and wrongly suggests that demonstrations over George Floyd’s death in police custody are part of a larger political plot involving Soros.
"White busses marked ‘Soros Riot Dance Squad’ spotted in Michigan: It’s official, the riots are staged," reads the headline on a June 2 Intellihub story. "The invisible man behind the curtain has now become visible."
The post goes on to say that the buses "show the current Black Lives Matter/ANTIFA-sponsored unrest is most likely without a shadow of a doubt part of a much larger George Soros, Barack Obama, Democratic National Committee-backed plan aimed at taking back the Office of the President once and for all."
The proof, the post says, is a photo published on Facebook.
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.)
The photo is a fake. We reached out to Open Society Foundations, the philanthropic organization founded by Soros. The group told PolitiFact that no "Soros Riot Dance Squad" buses exist.
Next we called Golden Limousine International, a transportation company in Ann Arbor, Mich., mentioned in an Associated Press story about the post. Carol Bell, the company’s director of safety, told us that the buses in the image belong to Golden Limousine. Every day, she said, they’re used as shuttles for Amazon employees, and in the evenings they fuel up at the gas station pictured in the photo. But they don’t say "Soros Riot Dance Squad."
Bell sent us a screenshot of a Facebook post featuring the same photo of the buses without those words added to the image.
We rate this Facebook post Pants on Fire.
Intellihub, White busses marked "Soros Riot Dance Squad" spotted in Michigan: It’s official, the riots are staged, June 2, 2020
Tweet, June 1, 2020
Associated Press, Altered photo adds ‘Soros’ label to buses in posts alleging antifa-organized unrest, June 2, 2020
Email interview with Open Society Foundations, June 3, 2020
Email interview with Carol Bell, director of safety and compliance and human resources, Golden Limousine International, June 3, 2020
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