Facebook Scandal Strikes Again
This time, Fredericksburg mayoral candidates Fred Howe and Mary Katherine Greenlaw had their campaign Facebook pages overwhelmed with fake accounts.
Less than a month after mayoral candidate Matt Paxson's campaign site on Facebook was inundated with hundreds of fake "likes" from foreign countries, the exact same thing happened to the two other candidates today.
Both Fred Howe and Mary Katherine Greenlaw had to suspend their Facebook campaign pages because of the influx of fake fans.
"Unfortunately there are unscrupulous persons playing silly games with this campaign," Greenlaw said today.
The attacks come on the day of the second mayoral candidates forum from 7-9 p.m. at the Marriott downtown hosted by the Fredericksburg Patriots and both candidates had to waste time dealing with their Facebook accounts than preparing for the forum.
Paxson last week denied that he paid for the "likes" to boost his fanship on his Facebook site to give the appearance that he was the favorite. He has said before that he thought someone did it on purpose to his site so that Facebook might shut it down for illegal activity.
Howe said today that he killed his Facebook site immediately when his campaign noticed the fake "likes." He called the attacks a "social media mess."
"I don't know who is doing it but the the timing is questionable," Howe said. "The only way we are going to find out is to find the credit card on the other end of it. My whole intent with Facebook and Twitter was to direct folks to my website for up to date information."
The election is 18 days away on May 1.