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James Lang, a selectman candidate before he was eliminated in February’s preliminary election, was caught with Facebook posts disparaging Muslims. He apologized, told The Sun Chronicle he would quit the race, and shut down his Facebook page.
Two days later, Selectman Paul Belham was found with anti-Muslim posts on his Facebook page, along with posts mocking the accent of Mexicans. Belham dismissed the posts as the work of social media “hackers” who find their way into his account every few months, despite attempts to clean up his page and change his passwords.
Then within days, Lang was back, claiming he, too, was the apparent victim of hackers, and was staying in the selectman’s race, where he finished in last place.
The two situations within a week of each other begs the question: How could two small town officials end up targets of social media hackers posting similar content?
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