The online misinformation campaign against Pamela Price, the first African American to serve as district attorney in Alameda County, began shortly after her inauguration on Jan. 3.

“I saw a post on Nextdoor either late January or early February where people were saying that I had bought new televisions for all the inmates at the Santa Rita jail,” Price said. “I was still trying to figure out what we were going to do about these holes in the walls in my office and they were telling people I was buying new televisions. It was ridiculous.”