Man denies posting ‘hate’ comments

Howie Boake of Terrace, B.C. says someone has hacked his Facebook page

THE man accused of posting a racist comment to an online article that RCMP are investigating as a possible hate crime is denying it was he who posted it.

Reached by phone Saturday, Jan. 31, Howard Boake, a Terrace resident, said he believes his Facebook account has been hacked multiple times and that he didn’t post the comment which first appeared Jan. 27 nor any of the other comments previously posted by the same account.

“Somebody hacked my Facebook account somehow or another,” he said. “That’d be pretty stupid for me to do that under my own name, wouldn’t it?”

Boake also confirmed he’s been in contact with Terrace RCMP officers and said he doesn’t know who could have hacked into his account and posted comments.

“I don’t know who it is, or why,” Boake said. “It’s certainly giving me a bad name, unfortunately. But I did not do it, I swear to that, I did not put that on Facebook.”

Boake has been on the receiving end of multiple online threats since a screenshot of the post, which makes racist comments about First Nations, went viral, and he added that he is scared. “I don’t know what to do about it,” he said.

Terrace RCMP began last week investigating the comment that is being called “a hate crime” by many who have read it.

The comment appeared briefly through a posting by a Facebook user called Howie Boake to an online Terrace Standard article Jan. 27 before it was removed by blocking software.

Before the comment was blocked, however, a screenshot of the comment was captured and that image has been shared widely on social media.





Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COLUMN | Creating a “community of practice” inspires

Art Matters by columnist Sarah Zimmerman

Hockey puck with nails found at Terrace Sportsplex Arena

City believes it has already caused $4,000 of damage

Kitselas First Nation receives $1.2M boost for apprenticeship development program

Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education announces $7.5M for six Indigenous training programs

Terrace Skating Club takes home 24 medals from regional championships

Skaters claim top spot for fifth year in a row

Officials reaching out to those in contact with Canada’s first coronavirus patient

The illness has sickened at least 1,975 people and killed 56 in China

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash

Bryant entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996

Risk of coronavirus low in B.C. as first case emerges in Toronto: officials

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in B.C.

Most Read