FACT CHECK: Did Burning Man Address Cannibalism Rumors At Event?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purportedly shows a screenshot of a tweet for the Burning Man Project addressing the rumors about cannibalism at the event.

Verdict: False

The tweet is a fabrication.

Fact Check:

After attendees were able to leave, a massive cleaning project went underway, NBC News reported. The flood forced thousands to abandon tents, vehicles and even cars in the desert.

The Facebook post purports that the Burning Man Projected addressed rumors that have circulated about the event on X. The screenshot of the alleged tweet has cut off the timestamp and share data.

The alleged post reads, “Reports of Ebola and widespread cannibalism are circulating the internet. Please be aware, there is NO CANNIBALISM HAPPENING AT BURNING MAN.” The caption reads, “It’s come to this.”

The claim is inaccurate. The post appears to be a fabrication using the twitter handle and profile image of the official verified Twitter account. There is no credible news report that suggests this post is authentic. There is no record of this tweet on their official account. Likewise, there is no such report on their website.

The event administrators did address rumors on a Sept. 3 update on the event’s website. It reads, “The online rumors of transmissible illnesses in Black Rock City are unfounded and untrue.” (RELATED: No, Forbes Did Not Report That Burning Man Had An Ebola Outbreak)

Rumors about the illness and cannibalisms spread online after the event suffered unexpected flooding due to heavy rain. The Associated Press reported that tens of thousands were stranded due to the floods and resulted in one death.

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online about the Burning Man festival. Check Your Fact debunked a post that Ebola patients from the festival caused LAX to be evacuated.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter