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Australia's bushfire emergency is being exploited on social media, as misinformation is spread through cyberspace via hundreds of thousands of posts.

News article: Fires misinformation being spread through social media

This includes a prominent local billionaire, Andrew Forrest, who has pledged $70 million for bushfire relief: "I think there's a multitude of reasons why the fire extent has bene so devastating. I think a warming planet would be part of that — [but] the biggest part of that is arsonists," he said.

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    The Arsonist line has so far proven a surprisingly popular defense, it seems like even with cases like these people are more willing to explain things away on the back of the actions of a few...

    The Arsonist line has so far proven a surprisingly popular defense, it seems like even with cases like these people are more willing to explain things away on the back of the actions of a few malicious actors, rather than a large, systemic failure.

    There may also just be an element of political tribalism to this: people might not disagree that climate change had a hand in the bushfires, per se, but they see the people pushing this interpretation the hardest as political adversaries/enemies so they have to take a reductive, contrarian stance because they feel like that's what they're supposed to do now.

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