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Are Hillary Clinton’s Paid Online Supporters Sabotaging Bernie’s Online Groups?

Are Hillary Clinton’s Paid Online Supporters Sabotaging Bernie’s Online Groups?

A new frontier for guerrilla political warfare

Earlier this week, the New York Daily News reported David Brock, Hillary fanboi and head of pro-Hillary Correct The Record Super PAC, has dropped around $1 million to pay trolls to attack Clinton naysayers.

These so-called “Barrier Breakers” attack anyone who expresses unfavorable criticism of Hillary — all online of course.

As head of the Correct The Record Super PAC for Hillary Clinton, David Brock has launched something called Barrier Breakers — an online mob of paid trolls designed to attack any and every person who says one cross word about Hillary Clinton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, or elsewhere.

This isn’t a conspiracy theory. They openly spin their strategy on the Correct The Record website and state that they are putting over $1 million behind their efforts.

As you likely know, Super PACs are allowed to raise and spend unlimited money on these types of efforts.

What’s ugly is that we have no idea who these paid operatives are online. According to Correct The Record, many will be former reporters, PR executives, bloggers, and others. We have no idea if they truly say what they mean or mean what they say. Are they even using their actual identities?

Smart move and perfectly fair game play as far as I’m concerned.

But there’s speculation these so-called Hillbots may have gone further than the casual Twitter insult.

Chatter among Redditors and other blogs suggest Hillbots have infiltrated Bernie Sanders groups, particularly on Facebook, and are actively working to have pro-Sanders groups blocked.

A handful of sizable, pro-Bernie groups were suspended, but many have been reinstated.

Allegations maintain these Hillbots join pro-Sanders groups pretending to support Bernie. Then, they either post content that violates Facebook’s user agreement in an attempt to get a group removed or, the Hillbot alleges the group is engaging in hate speech or some other violation.


Niko House, President of North Carolina College Students for Bernie Sanders has his theories:

No one seems to know whether the Hillbots are connected to Brock’s Barrier Breakers, who are also anonymous.

Also likely? A Facebook glitch is to blame. Stephanie Dube Dwilson blogging for Heavy explained:

The Bernie Sanders groups may have been affected by mass reporting from online users who claimed the groups were breaking Facebook rules and terms of service. The same thing happened to Election Justice USA last week, and the site was later reinstated. Admins told people on Reddit that they didn’t know why their Bernie Sanders pages were removed. Whether it was the result of a Facebook bug, mass reports from supporters of political rivals, or something completely different isn’t yet known for certain.

Facebook has automated systems that remove people and pages based on flags and reports sent from other Facebook users. Once an actual person reviews that removal and determines it was fraudulent, they can reinstate the page. An atheist group’s Facebook page experienced exactly this after Facebook was inundated with flags from people who cited the page as being guilty of “bullying.” These were later determined to be false citations from people who didn’t like the page, and the page was reinstated.

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I’m really impressed with the moderation over at reddit/r/the_donald.

This isn’t the only or best named Trump group on reddit (which is Bernie Sanders’ territory). But the moderators over there generally treat people like total dicks. They seem to randomly encourage picking online fights & arguments with the rest of reddit, recently with r/Sweden. The moderators are well aware of the Striesand effect and use random bans and deletions to attract viewers from controversy.

The poor way they treat people and the encouraged fights are a constant source of drama, which I imagine is constantly entertaining to the average bored online person. The community there keeps growing, and gets even more “hate views,” from the rest of reddit (Bernie sanders supporters).

The Donald has ushered in a new approach to internet community building, and I don’t think Hillary’s approach to online will work so well.

The Trump Trash has long been “reporting abuse” on critics on the PJ Media platforms, PJM had to change the reporting rules because of their Gestapo tactics.

Brock is the same type of garbage. Wouldn’t put anything past that little snake.

Noting the effects of the Trumpist’s plague, Brock is covering internet land with locusts.

What else would anyone expect from Mrs. Scum.

filiusdextris | April 27, 2016 at 10:14 pm

“Smart move and perfectly fair game play as far as I’m concerned.”

Are the ethics the same as in real life? Real life trolling has consequences, like a bloody nose or, in the right circumstances, a defamation lawsuit, or most commonly social alienation. When you troll anonymously on an internet board, you drown out speech more effectively per effort with no consequences whatsoever.

I don’t presume to know better than Prof. Jacobson, and I can see some of the upsides for doing (next to) nothing, but if the trolling that goes on here happened on my site, I would be scrubbing out a lot more boorish behavior and booting users. If people can’t disagree civilly, I’d rather not interact with them.

The bigger question: Is Hillary Reading Your GMAIL?

One of the first additions to the Hillary staff was a senior Google exec. Google mines all it’s emails for sales and marketing info. I think it is safe to say they are mining it for political information as well.

Seems to me Brock is wasting money, the MSM does that for free.