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Victoria Mayor does not like "false Facebook profile, it has been pulled down



Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps wants to do one thing: she is not on Facebook.

So if you've seen a Facebook page that was short online and apparently from the mayor of the B.C. capital, it was a fake. The helper was so concerned that she had city staff reaching out to social media giant to pull it down.

"The fact that they use my image, that they use the banner that is on my Twitter feed, and they actually write even as I, with positivity and exclamation marks, is very worried," he says in the Council Chamber Monday.

"It's really worrying that someone would use this tool, I think, to spread false information.

"It's totally unacceptable."

The site had several posts alleged by the mayor and suggests, for example, that the city converts some of its churches into mosques.

Some of the comments on the page published pointed to the page were a fake. Others seemed to play together. Others, the mayor noted, were racist in nature, especially on churches and mosques.

"There were some sharing and comments," said City Engagement Bill Bill Eisenhauer. "It really looked as though some thought it was a real place from the mayor"

The site went online sometime this weekend and was pulled down on Monday afternoon, added Eisenhauer.

"Someone had let [the mayor] know, "he replied when he asked how it was discovered." We checked it out and reported it immediately to Facebook … they took action right away.

Helping said the page went beyond satire.

"It's a deliberate spread of error information that speaks in my voice. It's very different," she said.

Helping was concerned that the fake page was using her Twitter profile picture and banner. (Bill Eisenhauer)

Helps remove their Facebook account again in March 2018 as part of the online #deletefacebook campaign that encouraged people to print the platform for good.

She had previously become a snag with her online presence in 2016 when she was previously blocked to use her real name. Facebook finally rectified the situation.

"Facebook is a poisonous echo chamber," it helps Monday. "The fact that on Facebook someone can actually become me, look like me, sound like me, without any consequences until we tell Facebook … I think there is a problem with the social platform."

Helps say that anyone who wants to reach her can call her by phone, email her or notify her on Twitter.


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