Thursday , January 28 2021

Facebook quickly zaps fake Lisa helper page

For the second time in a few weeks, the city of Victoria has taken steps to close a fake Facebook page as Mayor Lisa Helps.

City complained to Facebook Monday after a site appeared using her image and posting false information on Council decisions.

"That they use my image that they use the banner that is on my Twitter feed and that they actually write like me – with positivity and exclamation marks – it's very worrying," it helps.

"And I think it's most worrying because I work really hard to communicate as directly as possible with the citizens via Twitter, through my blog and face-to-face conversations, and it's really worrying that someone will use this tool to spread false information.

"It's totally unacceptable," it helps.

Bill Eisenhauer, the leader of the engagement, said the city became aware of the side of dinner at. Monday and notified Facebook that someone was imitating helper. The site was closed two hours later.

"From what we could tell, it looked like somebody set it up at some point [the previous] tonight, "he said.

"There were three positions I think and there was something to share and comment on. It seemed that some people thought it was a real mayor site so we took action as soon as we found out And, thankfully, Facebook has acted quickly and closed it.

Helps say she would be less worried if the page was obviously a spoof.

"Satire is fine," she said. "I have a very good sense of humor. This is not satire. It is a deliberate spread of misinformation spoken in my voice. It is very different."

Helps say there is little she can do to prevent people from creating fake Facebook pages, but she suggested Facebook itself has a responsibility to verify the pages of public officials.

"What is worrying is that when this kind of misinformation goes out, it makes things much harder for citizens to actually know what's going on, what are the decisions their council is doing."

Helps finish Facebook in March last year and calls it a "poisonous echo chamber" that continues negativity, fear and anger. She continues to publish a blog, post on Twitter and hold community drop-ins where people can meet with her personally every two weeks.

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