- The Washington Times - Monday, April 9, 2018

The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook … was fake news.

Citing “a review of the page and associated accounts and websites,” CNN reported Monday that the page titled Black Lives Matter “was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia.”

The official Black Lives Matter page (https://www.facebook.com/BlackLivesMatter) has less than 330,000 “Likes” and “Follows.” According to CNN, the Australian page had more than twice that many.

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Facebook had suspended the Australian page by the time of CNN’s Monday report, but only because, CNN claimed, “it had suspended a user account that administrated the page.”

The scam page was tied to online campaigns that raised at least $100,000, at least some of which was transferred to Australian accounts, CNN reported.

The page had the address “BlackLivesMatter1.”

“The page consistently linked to websites tied to Ian Mackay, a National Union of Workers official in Australia,” CNN reported, adding that the union did not respond to its request for comment.

Patrisse Cullors, one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, told CNN that had long suspected the page of being a scam and had asked Facebook to remove it months ago.

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