Evan Kolosna

Matt Peiken | BPR News

If you’re a personal, face-to-face friend of a young African-American man in Asheville named Clifton Peterson, the rest of this story is fake news. But unless proof appears to the contrary, it appears the fake is Clifton Peterson.

Fake profiles are as old as social media itself. What’s notable here is someone using the name Clifton Peterson spent nearly a year creating posts and comments to disrupt, divide, engage and enrage communities on Facebook pages devoted to Asheville Politics and the Black Lives Matter movement.