A high-level Australian union official was suspended Tuesday amid claims he was involved in a fake “Black Lives Matter” Facebook page that raked in thousands of dollars in donations.
Broadcaster CNN reported that the fake page had almost 700,000 followers — more than twice as many as the official Black Lives Matter page — before it was suspended.
It allegedly ran fundraising campaigns earning more than US$100,000, purportedly for Black Lives Matters causes in the United States.
CNN claimed that some of the money was transferred to Australian bank accounts, raising new questions about the integrity of Facebook’s platform and the content hosted there.
A senior Australia’s National Union of Workers figure — who is white — was linked to the fake page and other black rights websites by the broadcaster.
The union, which represents workers across various industries, said two people had been suspended.
“The NUW has launched an investigation into claims made by a CNN report and has suspended the relevant officials pending the outcome of an investigation,” National Secretary Tim Kennedy said in a statement.
“The NUW is not involved in and has not authorised any activities with reference to claims made in CNN’s story.”
Black Lives Matter is an activist organisation set up in the United States to campaign against violence and racism against black people.
A co-founder of the movement, Patrisse Cullors, tweeted that she had complained to Facebook and Twitter about numerous fake accounts.
“These fake BLM accounts and fake BLM people literally stealing money off of Black Death is so stomach churning I can’t even begin to explain,” she said.
“We told fb over and over again to shut that shit down. And it wouldn’t. Glad it’s down now.”
The revelations come with Facebook — used by two billion people — under huge pressure globally for massive lapses in protecting personal data.
Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg was testifying this week before the US Congress to explain how user privacy was compromised at the world’s biggest social network and how he intends to fix it.
- Bengaluru: Bootlegger tries to sell duty free liquor via Facebook page; held
- Coronavirus: David Icke Facebook page removed over COVID-19 conspiracy theories
- Facebook Removes QAnon Conspiracy Accounts; VDARE Accounts Targeting Hate Speech Toward Asian-Americans
- Facebook’s war on free will
- Tech companies still struggle to hire black workers
- XYZ’s Todd Brown, ‘Vivarium’ Writer & New Frontieres Head To Debate Genre Industry Future In Live Streamed Panel
- Facebook takes down misinformation networks linked to QAnon
- From bestselling BECCA makeup to Sand & Sky's pink clay mask, eight Australian beauty products you need to try
- When you can get your nails done again: Beauty salons in one Australian territory may be set to open in just weeks - but everyone else will to wait for MONTHS
- Outraged Australians demand Chinese ambassador who threatened boycott over coronavirus inquiry be kicked out of the country - but there is 'no point because Beijing will replace him with someone WORSE'
- Ok Zoomer: how seniors are learning to lead more digital lives
- WhatsApp, Facebook message about free masks from government is fake
- SBI cautions customers about fake I-T refund messages
- Coronavirus live updates: Anonymous donor gives $1 million to Santa Cruz hospital workers
- In clamor to reopen, many blacks feel their safety ignored
- Can Facebook restore public trust after Cambridge Analytica scandal?
- Horrifying moment two white gunmen ‘shoot black jogger dead’ in broad daylight ‘as they hunted burglar’
- Coronavirus live updates: US says China hid severity of outbreak to hoard supplies
Australian linked to fake 'Black Lives Matter' Facebook page have 569 words, post on en.rfi.fr at April 10, 2018. This is cached page on Auto News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.