Vietnam Veterans of America is calling on the government to investigate fake social media accounts targeting veterans online.
This comes after a story in the Wall Street Journal that featured 33-year-old Iraq Veteran Kristofer Goldsmith, and his efforts to rid Facebook of fake accounts and pages targeting veterans.
"It's frustrating to see there are people from outside of the United States, specifically targeting veterans and using organizations like the Vietnam Veterans of America to gain the trust of their followers," said Goldsmith, during an interview with KQED.
Goldsmith's discovery of this problem on Facebook began in 2016, soon after he began working for the Vietnam Veterans of America. He wanted to see how popular the group was on Facebook, so he did a search, and immediately, a page came up that wasn't the organization.
The page, which Goldsmith says was run out of Bulgaria, was not only trying to get veterans to donate money and buy T-shirts, but also spreading false news. For example, there was a fake story about the defacing of an African-American veteran's tombstone.