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Australian criminals profit form fake Facebook site

Postby Squire » 11 Apr 2018, 12:40

Australian criminals have been identified as being behind a fake Facebook black lives matter site. They have been scamming people out of $100,000.

"the administrator of the page was Ian Mackay, an employee of the National Union of Workers in Australia"

Australian Federal Plod won't move unless the perpetrators live next door to the favorite AFP donut shop.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/10/business/facebook-black-lives-matter.html

Facebook Removes Popular Black Lives Matter Page for Being a Fake
By TIFFANY HSU and SHEERA FRENKELAPRIL 10, 2018

Black Lives Matter activists and others demonstrating in Sacramento last month after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man. Credit Max Whittaker for The New York Times
A Facebook page that claimed a connection to the Black Lives Matter movement and had more than twice as many followers as the movement’s official page has been removed for being inauthentic, the company said.

The disclosure came as Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, prepared to be questioned by members of Congress about, among other things, the veracity of material posted on the social media site.

The page, titled “Black Lives Matter,” was followed by nearly 700,000 people and was tied to online fund-raising efforts that generated at least $100,000, purportedly to support racial-justice causes in the United States — but was run by a white man in Australia, according to a CNN report.

Facebook, which has been heavily criticized for its handling of users’ personal information and for allowing foreign meddling in the 2016 election, said on Monday that the page violated the company’s community standards and was run by a person or people who were not who they claimed to be.

Facebook did not identify those behind the site, but CNN said the administrator of the page was Ian Mackay, an employee of the National Union of Workers in Australia.
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Re: Australian criminals profit form fake Facebook site

Postby Squire » 13 Apr 2018, 02:01

Australian Federal Plod appears to be very slow off the mark in acting against fraudsters.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/11/australian-union-officials-who-ran-fake-black-lives-matter-facebook-page-fired

Australian union officials who ran fake Black Lives Matter Facebook page fired
National Union of Workers ‘deeply distressed and appalled’ about sham site, which had twice as many followers as official page

Michael McGowan

Ian Mackay who was an Australian union official from the National Union of Workers has been stood down amid claims he was involved in a fake Black Lives Matter Facebook page.

An Australian union has sacked two employees linked to a fake Black Lives Matter Facebook page.

On Wednesday the National Union of Workers confirmed it had terminated the employment of two organisers from its Western Australia branch over the page.

A CNN investigation claimed Ian MacKay – an organiser with the union – had helped set up and run a Facebook page called Black Lives Matter as well as other domain names linked to black rights.

The group had more than twice as many followers as the official Black Lives Matter page, despite having no ties to the movement.

The investigation quoted sources who said the page may have garnered upwards of $100,000 in donations, at least some of which was directed to bank accounts registered in Australia.

The union’s national secretary, Tim Kennedy, released a statement saying the union was “deeply distressed and appalled by a CNN report regarding sham Black Lives Matter Facebook pages and websites”.

“The NUW has launched an investigation into claims made by a CNN report and has terminated the officials concerned,” he said. “The NUW is not involved in and has not authorised any activities with reference to claims made in CNN’s story.

“The claims made in the report, and subsequent reports, betray the values of the NUW and are abhorrent to all the hard-working NUW officials and members who are tarnished by these claims.

“Further, our values of respect, dignity and equality define us. Every day, we represent workers organising collectively and struggling for a fair go. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and like grassroots activist organisations nationally and internationally.”

The Guardian understands that the union’s initial investigations satisfied it that any donations to the page had not made their way into the union’s funds.

On Wednesday the WA police force said it was “not aware of any complaints” regarding the sham page. A union spokesperson told the Guardian that officials were “very happy to cooperate with whoever the relevant authorities are”.

Fundraising campaigns associated with the Facebook page were suspended by PayPal, Donorbox and Patreon after they were contacted for comment by CNN.

Facebook said in a statement that the social media site had “investigated this situation as soon as it was brought to our attention, and disabled the page admin for maintaining multiple profiles on the platform”.

MacKay also registered other websites with links to black rights, such as blacklivesnews.com, blackkillingsmatter.com and blackfists.com, among more than 100 site names in total.

Domain records show that in 2015 he registered a site known as blackpowerfist.com, which operated as a Reddit-like discussion forum that encouraged donations. Historical domain registration details show Mackay used his union email address to register the site.

Archived records on the site describe the site as being “created” by Black Lives Matter to “share the news that mainstream media play down or hide”.
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Re: Australian criminals profit form fake Facebook site

Postby Dax » 13 Apr 2018, 06:44

The AFP is not interested in solving crime, just revenue raising and getting drunk. Unions are no different to the corporate world, greedy, sanctimonious and corrupt through and through.

Unions should be banned and workers rights groups, should be online, with voting secret, Then they may get some benefits and not be ripped off by those supposed to be supporting them.
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Re: Australian criminals profit form fake Facebook site

Postby johnsmith » 13 Apr 2018, 09:10

Dax wrote:Unions should be banned and workers rights groups

:stop
you have no idea what you're saying do you?


workers rights groups ARE unions :oops
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Re: Australian criminals profit form fake Facebook site

Postby greggerypeccary » 13 Apr 2018, 11:59

The NUW is a hopeless Union, and those two guys were real dickheads.
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Re: Australian criminals profit form fake Facebook site

Postby Dax » 14 Apr 2018, 11:44

greggerypeccary wrote:The NUW is a hopeless Union, and those two guys were real dickheads.


All unions are hopeless and run by greedy bullying morons, the amount of corruption within them is enormous. To protect workers rights, we should have online unions, where members determine and vote without direction from union leaders and in secret. The number if incidents where the worker is being ripped off, so unions leaders can get more money for themselves, is growing almost daily.

If businesses run the shows on ethical grounds, there would be little need for unions. But that's not the case in most corporations and small business, it's money, money, money and in the end it hurts everyone.
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Re: Australian criminals profit form fake Facebook site

Postby johnsmith » 14 Apr 2018, 12:41

Dax wrote:All unions are hopeless and run by greedy bullying morons, the amount of corruption within them is enormous.


no more than the amount of corruption in the corporate or political sector.
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Re: Australian criminals profit form fake Facebook site

Postby HBS Guy » 14 Apr 2018, 12:51

Not that many people left in unions—and the lack of wage growth shows that is the real problem!
Abbott & Co are going to cause the mother and father of all recessions—be prepared!
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