The aus bushfire thread has current examples. There’s an article in news this morning about the amount of Disinformation pushing Both climate activists and deniers causes.
Like most media - even mainstream - the reality is somewhere between the extremes.
Quote from the Telegraph:
Helping to circulate the false claims, the hashtag “ArsonEmergency” was promoted by a “much higher” proportion of bot-like or troll-like social media accounts than those with other fire-related hashtags such as #BushfireAustralia or #AustraliaFire, according to analysis by Dr Timothy Graham from the Queensland University of Technology.
Dr Graham examined the ArsonEmergency hashtag because it was being used by some of the more suspicious-looking individual Twitter accounts he'd been monitoring.
He told IT news outlet ZDNet on Tuesday that these accounts “were really focused in particular on climate denial, and The Greens being responsible for the bushfires, and arson attacks being responsible for the bushfires as well”.
Lightning strikes have been a major cause of bushfires this season, as has been the case historically, particularly in Victoria and South Australia.
Record high temperatures and months of drought have contributed greatly to the speed and scale of the blazes.