TBI says Facebook post about threat is false

JACKSON, Tenn. — The TBI is investigating where a viral post claiming the state is facing a Black Friday threat started. Officials say they were not hacked, but several people reported seeing an alarming post in their news feeds. The post, which the TBI says has since been taken down, reportedly claims the bureau is contacting all first responders and alerting them to a possible threat on Black Friday. “This is not something that originated through TBI and these are not TBI agents who are making that call,” said Susan Niland, public information officer with the TBI. “We just want people to be aware that we too have a social media presence and they can contact us, and we try to respond to anything along this kind of line that we hear is out there.” Officials would not comment on whether the post started in the Volunteer State since it’s still under investigation.

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