A few months ago, there were reports that a Hillary Clinton Super PAC had spent $1 million to “correct” Internet users on misconceptions about the presidential candidate. This came in the form of a group named “Correct the record”. The group’s website describes it as “a strategic research and rapid response team designed to defend Hillary Clinton from baseless attacks.” What the group is, depends on who you ask. Supporters of Hillary Clinton would argue that it’s just a harmless group that spreads information online. Trump supporters and other Internet users who aren’t big fans of Hillary, however, would beg to differ.
The group has been accused of taking over several Subreddits like r/politics, Reddit’s largest politics subreddit and others like r/EnoughTrumpspam. In a press release in April, the group claimed to have “addressed more than 5,000 people that have personally attacked Hillary Clinton on Twitter.” The group’s budget was later increased to $6 million and with it, their activities. While some Hillary Clinton fans may view the group as a harmless awareness raising organization, Trump supporters, especially those on anonymous image boards like 4chan, saw it as a propaganda machine designed for subverting conversations and creating confusion.
Yesterday, a thread appeared on 4chan’s /pol/ board, claiming to have information relating to members of the group. The post included screenshots of pictures, email addresses and personal information relating to alleged members:
Some members of correct the record, or at least people sympathetic to the group’s cause, seemed to have found the thread. Here are just some of the reactions:
The thread 404’d eventually, but another one popped up soon after. This new one was focused on leaders of the group. The anonymous user supposedly infiltrated the group and intercepted a message being sent from CTR leaders to lower level CTR members. The message listed four names as leaders of CTR’s online movement:
Several other threads appeared on 4chan’s rival image board 8chan. These ones seems to go more into detail, revealing home addresses and bank information of the alleged CTR members.
Correct the record is yet to respond.