LOS ANGELES, CA —Bros4Hillary (B4H) was created as a way to provide a positive and supportive community for supporters of Hillary Clinton to gather, and as a direct response to the hateful and divisive rhetoric used by other campaigns during this election cycle. 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.
Last night, a former member decided to boast in our message boards about flagging content found on Bernie Sanders-related Facebook groups. This was not promoted or supported by the leadership of B4H, nor were we immediately aware of this conduct. Contrary to some reports, it is not clear whether he himself upload or posted any content, offensive or otherwise, to these pages. There is also no evidence to suggest that he posted child pornography to these sites. It appears as though he merely flagged already existing content. It is important to note that this content was actually abusive (including threats of violence against Secretary Clinton).
To be clear, this does not excuse any act of trolling or boasting and that this occurred on our message boards is an embarrassment for which we apologize. To supporters of Bernie Sanders who were affected it is very important to note that neither Mr. Champagne nor Bros4Hillary was responsible for these sites going down. While the coinciding timing is unfortunate, Facebook has issued a statement and multiple news outlets are reporting that indeed the large amount of Bernie Sanders-related Facebook pages were temporarily removed from Facebook due to a widespread technical glitch on Facebook’s end, and have since been restored.
Nevertheless, in boasting about inflammatory behavior this member acted on his own authority, is not a part of our leadership team, and does not represent our ideals or our opinions. We removed his posts boasting about this behavior and revoked his membership as soon as we learned about this incident. While our leadership team of administrators tries to catch every questionable post and comment, with over 7,000 members and a 24-hour posting cycle, some fall through the cracks. It is important to note that anyone can enter these message boards at anytime. These are open public Facebook groups and we simply don’t have the resources our manpower to police everyone on a round-the-clock basis. We are unpaid volunteers and we rely on members to “flag and report” harmful, offensive, or trolling behavior.
To wit: Bros4Hillary is NOT defunct, as reported today by the DailyKos. We temporarily changed our privacy settings after being flooded by online attacks from users retaliating against the former member. We will go “live” again shortly and are excited about what is to come. We are growing every day. Our members have made over 20,000 calls across the United States, raised thousands of dollars, and are now apart of creating a ground campaign in California. We thank all of our members for their incredible contributions and regret that the actions of a few would spoil the work of the many.
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