The New Zealand Herald

Australian linked to fake site

- — Agencies

An Australian union official has resigned from his role after he was accused of running a fake Facebook page titled Black Lives Matter.

National Union of Workers vice-president Ian Mackay has been linked to the social media page, which has since been taken down by Facebook, according to a CNN investigat­ion.

With almost 700,000 followers, the fake page had at least double the interest than the official Black Lives Matter page, and raised more than US$100,000 ($135,840).

When Mackay, who is white, was contacted by CNN and asked about several other websites — with names such as blackpower­fist.com and blacklives­matter.media — that were registered to him, he said: “My domain name buying and selling is a personal hobby.”

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