By  on May 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — The online activist group 18MillionRising.org, which committed a hoax against Gap Inc. and members of the media on Tuesday when it sent out a fraudulent press release and set up a fake Web site, alleged Wednesday that the retailer had acted to take down the site and a bogus Twitter account using a digital copyright law.

Gap on Tuesday was targeted by 18MillionRising.org falsely claiming the retailer had signed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and paid $200,000 in compensation to the victims of the Aswad Composite Mills fire in October 2013. Gap categorically denied those claims on Tuesday and said it was investigating the source of the “fraudulent Web site” and “fake digital properties.” A Gap spokeswoman told WWD on Wednesday that it was “exploring our options” regarding what action to take in the matter.

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