A Hillary Clinton Super PAC made headlines several days ago when it was announced they were spending a million dollars to hire an army of internet trolls to “correct” supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Instagram- and to push back against “false” narratives and negative attacks.
Now, some Clinton supporters appear to be waging a thought war against Bernie’s upstart political movement. The first evidence of this became clear on Monday night, when a number of pro-Sanders Facebook groups were mass reported by trolls, triggering Facebook’s internal anti-spam/obscenity system and shutting down the pages.
Other unconfirmed reports state that as far back as July, Clinton’s trolls have been instructed to propagate shameful smear campaigns against Sanders, painting him as a misogynist and a racist that could never be elected.
Seven groups with reportedly more than 120,000 followers have been confirmed taken down. It appears that some have begun to be restored as the moderators undo the damage done by the site’s internal mechanisms. Sanders supporters are sharing reports that pornography was posted to the pages and then mass reported by Clinton trolls.
These screenshots were taken from pro-Clinton groups:
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.