San Francisco Chronicle reports on fake press release about ex-PG&E CEO
The San Francisco Chronicle published a story about a fake press release stating that former PG&E CEO Geisha Williams was going to give her salary to victims of the wildfires before discovering it was a fake.
Roland Li of the Chronicle reports, “The website www.pgecalifornia.com posted a news release that claimed Williams was donating the money to help with relief efforts. The domain was registered anonymously on Jan. 20, according to internet records.
“After The Chronicle reported the false claim, a PG&E spokesman said the website was a fake. Later, a group called Climate Justice Crew took credit for it.
“‘Today, there were several social media posts about our former CEO that are simply not true,’ PG&E spokeswoman Kristi Jourdan said in an email. ‘The posts were connected to a fake website that, despite appearances, is not affiliated in any way with PG&E.'”
Read more here. The story includes the following note at the end: Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article repeated the website’s false claim about the donation.