Pro-Bernie Facebook Pages Temporarily Suspended After Attackers Flood Pages With Porn

A coordinated cyberattack effectively shut down multiple pro-Bernie Sanders Facebook pages Monday night, The Hill reports.


Numerous accounts indicate support pages for Sanders, including Bernie or Bust and Bay Area for Bernie, were inundated with porn and subsequently flagged for obscenity, effectively shutting down the pro-Sanders forums. A Facebook spokesman confirmed that a number of pro-Sanders pages “were inaccessible for a brief period,” in accordance with the company’s terms of service. Facebook has since restored the pages.

Sanders supporter Erica Libenow told heavy.com the attackers even posted images of child porn. “We had what looked like a kiddie porn posted in one of our groups today,” Libenow said. “I reported that one. Seriously made me want to vomit.”

This cyberattack comes several days after a Daily Beast article revealed that a super PAC supporting Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton pledged $1 million to combat negative comments about the candidate in the depths of the interweb. The super PAC Correct the Record’s Barrier Breakers 2016 denied any involvement in Monday’s cyberattack.

"Correct the Record's Barrier Breakers 2016 had nothing to do with this," communications director Elizabeth Shappell told The Hill. "Currently, Barrier Breakers is exclusively engaged in positive messaging supporting Hillary Clinton."

While no official group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the pro-Clinton group Bros 4 Hillary Tuesday said a former member was involved. The group posted an official statement renouncing the user, writing:

Our mission statement is about inclusiveness and tolerance, and we pride ourselves on our diverse membership and the unity through diversity we aim to achieve. We have not and do not approve of or condone harmful or offensive rhetoric or harassing behavior targeting supporters of any other candidate in the race. We have repeatedly and officially condemned such words and behaviors.

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