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Monday, April 09, 2018

For at least a year, the biggest page on Facebook purporting to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia, a review of the page and associated accounts and websites conducted by CNN shows.The page, titled simply "Black Lives Matter," had almost 700,000 followers on Facebook, more than twice as many as the official Black Lives Matter page. It was tied to online fundraisers that brought in at least $100,000 that supposedly went to Black Lives Matter causes in the U.S. At least some of the money, however, was transferred to Australian bank accounts, CNN has learned.

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"At least some of the money, however, was transferred to Australian bank accounts"

Does that necessarily make it fake? I remember people claiming numerous times that there was no official BLM organization.

#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-04-09 11:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"At least some of the money, however, was transferred to Australian bank accounts"
Does that necessarily make it fake? I remember people claiming numerous times that there was no official BLM organization.
#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-04-09 11:20 PM

It's a faked Facebook profile collecting money under false pretense.

Or, do you imply that no Black Live Matter leadership means no messaging or intention? No formal doctrine means the protesting has no meaning?

Are you a lawyer?

#2 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-04-10 12:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The Facebook page continually drove traffic to websites associated with blackpowerfist.com, which was eventually turned into a Reddit-like discussion forum. One of the websites included blacklivesmatter.media, for which Mackay is listed as the administrative and technical contact in at least one archived internet record.

A few days after Mackay registered blackpowerfist.com, an anonymous Facebook profile under the name "BP Parker" shared a link to the website. This same profile was an administrator of the "Black Lives Matter" Facebook page until the page was suspended, a Facebook spokesperson has told CNN.

Another anonymous account, under the name "Steve Parks," linked to another site first registered by Mackay -- again, just a few days after internet records indicate he registered it.

As recently as last month, both BP Parker and Steve Parks were listed as administrators on the Black Lives Matter Facebook group tied to the Facebook page.

The people behind the websites and the Facebook page also encouraged people to donate through various online fundraising platforms, including Donorbox.

"Our mission is to raise awareness about racism, bigotry, police brutality and hate crimes by exposing through social media locally and internationally stories that mainstream media don't," a message on the group's Donorbox page read.

"We have built a following through hard work, dedication and the generosity of supporters like you that pitch in a what they can to help us promote or share our page and also pay to boost the stories the mainstream media try to suppress through paid ads," it added.

Facebook did not comment when asked if ads were purchased to boost the page on its platform.

Another fundraiser removed by Donorbox, which the company confirmed was run by the same people, billed itself as an "Education And Training Portal Sponsorship Fund" that promised "online courses that educate people about the struggle of civil rights leaders and activists."

Fundraisers also ran on PayPal, Patreon, and Classy.

A source familiar with some of the payments processed said at least one of the accounts was tied to an Australian IP address and bank account. At least one fundraising account was tied to Ian Mackay by name, according to the source.

Another source also familiar with some of the payments processed told CNN that the group had raised around $100,000 that they were aware of. The source also said the fundraisers were linked to Australia.

#3 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-04-10 12:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trust few if any on the internet.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2018-04-10 01:22 AM | Reply

originally there was "no official"....there is now.
same as Parkland. OWS made the mistake.

#5 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-04-10 02:17 AM | Reply

Does that necessarily make it fake? I remember people claiming numerous times that there was no official BLM organization.

#1 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

No one is surprised you can't tell if something is fake or not.

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-10 01:13 PM | Reply

Trust few if any on the internet.

#4 | POSTED BY TOR AT 2018-04-10 01:22 AM | FLAG:

Exactly what Abraham Lincoln said on the night before he was shot at the Memphis hotel.

#7 | Posted by cbob at 2018-04-10 04:23 PM | Reply

Shaun King (White guy pretending to be black) is fleecing his flock.
He argued for '1000 donations of $27.'

Sure enough - two weeks later he's vacationing in Egypt for 'much needed rest.'
No one is the wiser (well, none of his donors, apparently).

If you get suckered into parting with your money - it's on YOU.

#8 | Posted by Berserker at 2018-04-10 08:48 PM | Reply

Has someone but Boydstruan on suicide watch?

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-04-10 11:24 PM | Reply

Shaun King (White guy pretending to be black) is fleecing his flock.
He argued for '1000 donations of $27.'
Sure enough - two weeks later he's vacationing in Egypt for 'much needed rest.'
No one is the wiser (well, none of his donors, apparently).
If you get suckered into parting with your money - it's on YOU.
#8 | Posted by Berserker at 2018-04-10 08:48 PM

American citizens were targeted and lured with false intention and misuse of their donation money, such as a quick Egyptian vacation getaway, right? Also, doesn't the fact that outside nations are directly influencing our politics and taking our money seem coordinated? I'm only mentioning this in context to Facebook bypassing common-sense security restrictions and secretly storing lots more data for sale than suspected. Suspicious incompetency is shareholder profits? And to imagine I believed Facebook was coordinating with our intelligence the whole time.
#makeoursh-tholecountrygreatagain

#10 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-04-11 05:08 AM | Reply

#10 | Posted by redlightrobot: Never forget that Facebook is for entertainment only, and any decisions you make using FACEBOOK as the basis for your actions can blow up in your face.

#11 | Posted by john47 at 2018-04-11 08:57 AM | Reply

#10 | Posted by redlightrobot: Never forget that Facebook is for entertainment only, and any decisions you make using FACEBOOK as the basis for your actions can blow up in your face.
#11 | Posted by john47 at 2018-04-11 08:57 AM

The manner that personal data was permitted through apps needs to be legally determined as a no-no. People had zero idea what their apps could do with their friends and families data is a part of the Facebook hacking scam, but this BLM faking is an outright foreign entity siphoning monies under false pretense and exploiting a real cause that has met real consequence.

I'm guessing MacKay is a conservative person, regardless.

It should be safer, I agree. But I'm extremely bias.

#12 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-04-11 06:18 PM | Reply

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