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Largest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is run by white Australian man who solicited donations

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A high-ranking Australian union official has been suspended after media reported that he ran a fake Black Lives Matter page on Facebook.

It was the largest Black Lives Matter (BLM) page on Facebook with almost 700,000 followers, more than twice as many as the official Black Lives Matter page, and solicited donations from the supporters.

The Facebook page has now been deactivated.

US Cable News Network (CNN) broke the news overnight, saying the page was “a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia,” according to a review of the page and associated accounts and websites.

“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,” Patrisse Cullors, one of the movement’s founders, said on Tuesday.

“We told (Facebook) over and over again to shut that shit down. And it wouldn’t. Glad it’s down now.”

The National Union of Workers suspended its vice president Ian Mackay and another official over the allegation, launching an investigation into the claims.

“The NUW is not involved in and has not authorised any activities with reference to claims made in CNN’s story,” Tim Kennedy, the national secretary of the union, said on Tuesday.

MacKay denied running the Black Lives Matter Facebook page to CNN.

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


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