Originally posted at Western Journalism by Chris Agee.
Conservative author and documentarian Dinesh D’Souza’s Facebook page has reportedly been hacked, leading to its followers receiving pornographic and otherwise obscene material instead of the political commentary they expected.
A representative for the Hillary’s America producer told Western Journalism that the issue surfaced Tuesday when administrators were unable to access the business manager feature for the page.
At first, staff members noticed their permissions had been stripped. Later, an account belonging to D’Souza’s business — which had been his staff’s last connection to the page — was removed as an administrator.
D’Souza and his team reached out to Facebook in an attempt to restore their access, but as of Wednesday afternoon, a spokesperson said they had not gotten a response.
The most recent post available early Wednesday afternoon linked to an article on D’Souza’s website and nothing on the page itself looked unusual.
The bigger issue, however, involves the inappropriate content apparently being sent to fans of D’Souza’s Facebook page.
While these posts are not showing up in the public feed, a rep confirmed he had been barraged with screenshots and other evidence of unsolicited content being sent to D’Souza’s audience. No one on his staff has any idea how hackers were able to access the page.
The producer’s spokesperson said this is the first time the page has been compromised, noting the apparent attack occurred around the same time his latest book, The Big Lie, was published. One source said the attack appeared to be an effort to get fans to stop following D’Souza.
D’Souza pointed out the suspicious timing in a statement provided to Western Journalism.
“The timing of this is especially troubling because I have just begun a national book tour for my new book, The Big Lie, which today reached #5 on the New Release bestseller list,” he said.
Facebook posts promoting the new book remained on the author’s page as of Wednesday afternoon.
Some have previously alleged that the outspoken conservative had been targeted in other ways for his political views. Last year, a number of his supporters cried foul when an iPhone search for his most recent documentary returned no results.
Whatever the motive behind the recent apparent hack, D’Souza and his team said they are focused on regaining control of their social media presence and clearing up what has been a confusing couple of days.
In his statement, the author asked his fans to assist by notifying Facebook when they see something suspicious come from his page.
“Now I am asking for your support to show Facebook the urgency of this issue,” D’Souza said. “If you see posts made by my Facebook page that are unrelated to my work, please report them to Facebook immediately as spam. You can do this by clicking the arrow in the top right corner of a suspicious post and select ‘Report.’ When the dialog box opens, choose ‘It’s spam’ and then click ‘Continue.’ On the next screen, choose ‘Mark this post as spam.’”
Read more at Western Journalism.
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