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Largest 'Black Lives Matter' Facebook page was a scam, according to reports
The largest Black Lives Matter Facebook page was reportedly a scam that's allegedly tied to a trade union official in Australia. (Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)

Largest 'Black Lives Matter' Facebook page was a scam, according to reports

Updated at 9:57 a.m., April 18: One of the fundraising platforms originally listed was not used by the BLM Facebook page.

The largest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook was a scam that's allegedly tied to a high-ranking trade union official in Australia, according to CNN.

The "Black Lives Matter" page had nearly 700,000 followers and it raised at least $100,000 supposedly for the U.S. cause, but, according to reports, "at least some of that money" ended up in Australian bank accounts.

National Union of Workers Vice President Ian Mackay, a middle-aged white man, resigned his position Tuesday after reports surfaced linking him to the fake page. NUW initially suspended Mackay and launched an investigation after CNN's claims.

The Facebook page solicited money through fundraising platforms such as Donorbox, PayPal, and Patreon.

Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of the official Black Lives Matter page, told CNN she suspected the page was a fake and had contacted Facebook months ago about removing it.

“We rely on donors who believe in our work and our cause and that [the] money will be used in a way that is respectful,” Cullors told the New York Post.

What did NUW say?

"The NUW is not involved in and has not authorized any activities with reference to claims made in CNN's story," NUW national secretary Tim Kennedy said Tuesday.

What did Mackay say?

Mackay has denied allegations that he was involved with the page.

Last month, he told CNN that he "bought the domain name only and sold it."

A few hours later, the Facebook page was deactivated.

According to the outlet, Mackay said he has dozens of websites registered to his name including blackpowerfist.com.

"My domain name buying and selling is a personal hobby," Mackay added.

What did Facebook say?

“We investigated this situation as soon as it was brought to our attention, and disabled the page admin for maintaining multiple profiles on the platform," a Facebook spokeperson told The Guardian. “We continue to look into the situation and will take the necessary action in line with our policies.”

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