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Biggest Black Lives Matter Facebook page is fake: Report

Black Lives Matter is a global movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against racism and other violence towards black people

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The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook was fake with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia, according to a CNN report. 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, the report said late Monday.

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It was tied to online fundraisers that brought in at least $100,000 that supposedly went to Black Lives Matter causes in the US.At least some of the money, however, was transferred to Australian bank accounts, according to the report. The page consistently linked to websites tied to Ian Mackay, a National Union of Workers official in Australia. The union represents thousands of workers across various industries.

Mackay has registered dozens of websites, many on issues tied to black rights. In April 2015, Mackay registered blackpowerfist.com. Mackay’s name, email address, phone number and other details appeared in the registration records for the site until July 2015, when the website enabled a feature that allows site owners to hide their identities and contact information.

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Fundraising campaigns associated with the Facebook page were suspended by PayPal and Patreon after CNN contacted each of the companies for comment. Donorbox and Classy had already removed the campaigns.The discovery raises new questions about the integrity of Facebook’s platform and the content hosted on the social media platform.

In the run-up to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress this week, the social media giant has announced plans to make the people running large pages verify their identity and location. Only after almost a week of emails and calls between CNN and Facebook about this story, the page was suspended. Facebook was told of concerns about the page some time ago, Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, told CNN

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Black Lives Matter upon suspecting the page was a scam, contacted Facebook about removing it a few months ago, Cullors added. Black Lives Matter is a global movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against racism and other violence towards black people. IANS

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Facebook Releases “Your Time on Facebook” Tool

The feature gives users more control over how they interact with social media that may be harmful to the mental health and well-being of the users if used excessively

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Just days after photo-messaging app Instagram rolled out the feature to track users’ time spent on the app, Facebook has now released “Your Time on Facebook” tool that counts how many minutes people spend on the app.

The feature is designed to help users manage social networking by maintaining time spent per day on Facebook on a particular device for the past week and on an average, TechCrunch reported on Tuesday.

“Your Time on Facebook” tool will allow users to set a daily limit of app usage and receive a reminder to stop after that many minutes each day.

The tool also comes with shortcuts to notification, news feed and friend request settings.

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Facebook App on a smartphone device. (VOA)

“You can access it by going to Facebook’s ‘More’ tab, choose the ‘Settings and Privacy’ option and set ‘Your Time on Facebook’,” the report added.

Last week, Facebook-owned Instagram released its own “Your Activity” feature to track how much time users spent on the app.

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The feature gives users more control over how they interact with social media that may be harmful to the mental health and well-being of the users if used excessively.

A similar feature called “Screen Time” has been introduced by Apple on its iOS, and with Google also releasing a “Digital Wellness” dashboard with Android 9.0, tech companies are thinking more about helping users better manage their time using apps, the report added. (IANS)