Photo shows protest in Paris, not ‘MAYHEM in Oregon’
CLAIM: Photo of two people with face masks surrounded by smoke shows “MAYHEM” and “violence” in Oregon.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. This photo was taken in Paris, not Oregon.
THE FACTS: A Facebook post viewed nearly 300,000 times this week claims to show a snapshot of violent protests erupting in Oregon, but it actually shows a demonstration across the world, in France.
The post features a photo of two people in black clothing and face masks on a city street littered with trash. They appear to be running with a smoke-like substance trailing behind them.
“MAYHEM in Oregon!” the caption reads. “Violence Erupts!”
However, a storefront in the background of the image reads “Carrefour market,” a French supermarket chain that doesn’t operate in Oregon.
In fact, this photo was taken in Paris, according to a reverse-image search. Agence France-Presse photographer Anne-Christine Poujoulat captured it on Dec. 5.
Protesters in Oregon have barricaded streets and set booby traps for police in recent days over gentrification and the eviction of a Black and Indigenous family from their home, but this photo is unrelated to those demonstrations.
This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.
Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536