Hillary Clinton through her superPACs has exploited the internet as well.
They bought Blue Nation Review and turned it into her own personal Pravda.
They have generated, best I can tell, thousands of fake Facebook profiles, and are using paid commenters to attack Bernie Sanders, echo the inevitability of Hillary Clinton, and spew out specific talking points on social media, including the Facebook engine comments sections of various websites, Reddit, and others. In particular, I’ve seen paid commenters at work on the Facebook Blue Nation Review page providing positive feedback to the propagandistic stories generated there, the Huffington Post comments section, and more recently even Politico.
While it was blamed on a handful of zealous individual Clinton supporters acting on their own, they’ve taken the next step, posting child pornography on pro-Sanders Facebook groups and then reporting those groups for terms of service violations in an effort to shut them down.
Mark Zuckerberg had attempted to maintain the authenticity and integrity of Facebook by requiring a real human behind every account. The Clinton campaign’s superPACs may not be alone in this, but they’ve gone very far indeed towards breaking Facebook.
These online opinion-swaying techniques and attacks have been field-tested and used in elections in other countries, and there’s even a name for it: election hacking.
The responsibility for this shameful online manipulation must fall at the feet of the candidate. The buck stops at the top. Hillary Clinton has done nothing whatsoever to curb any of this behavior conducted by good friends of hers on her behalf because, at the end of the day, she approves of it as one of many unethical tactics she has employed to win at any cost.
Without in any way, shape, or form, defending the actions of Donald Trump, a fair argument may be made that what Clinton’s superPACs have done on her behalf on American social media has caused significantly more damage to the authenticity of the internet’s democratic (small d) political dialogue.