Correct The Record Silent On Disruption Memo For Trolling Twitter, Reddit, 4chan
(Last Updated On: October 17, 2016)

A Hillary Clinton super-PAC known as Correct The Record has been extremely silent on an alleged memo that leaked containing digital disruption methods to undermine non-Hillary Clinton voters by disparaging them from voting for other candidates on the ballot, as well as using disinformation to create negative groupthink against anyone who isn’t Hillary Clinton.

The news was originally spread when Real True News reported on the memo’s leak. This was a follow-up to other information Real True News reported on regarding a separate leaked memo showing that CTR was involved in physical disruption tactics to remove campaign signs and stickers from middle and upper-class areas showing support for Donald Trump.

The newest leaked memo was posted up on Scribd, featuring seven pages of a manifesto to cause disruption within 4chan, 8chan, Reddit, Twitter and Facebook to prevent people from supporting non-Clinton candidates.

One of the prime directives was spreading mimetic material. However, they didn’t want pro-Clinton material because they felt it was ineffective, they preferred making memes based around negatively depicting the other candidates.

The memo starts by stating…

“We are entering the final phase of the election and this is an all-hands-on-deck full-spectrum push for digital disruption and dominance. We are facing a decentralized leaderless emergent structure that can only be countered by our numbers with discipline and tactics. As such, these will be the scripts for Week 0 (through Week 3 to the vote)”

They have a referendum for each of the social media outlets, starting with Reddit, where it’s stated…

“We must maintain dominance on promotion/demotion of stories and isolation of Trump-positive threads. We are working to compromise moderators to improve our ability but will “operationalize” them in the final week of the campaign to try to make the board “go dark.””

They mention utilizing things like poll-flogging to induce emotional rage, concern trolling to create despair and using disinformation to create fear.

They even mention using Twitter’s Safety Council to get people shadow-banned who come across as “enemy thought-leaders”, writing in the memo…

“Twitter is an important resource for journalists who wish to engage in high-value political discussion. It is also poorly regulated and features several enemy thought-leaders with tens of thousands of followers. We cannot compete with their personal magnetism but the Truth and Safety Council that has been installed will allow us to no-platform (ban, shadow-ban, or threaten) any user. If Twitter is scorched-earth after this election, that’s fine so long as the right woman wins.”

The fact that they mention being able to use the Safety Council to shadow-ban people (although it’s called the Trust and Safety Council) caused instant alarm bells to go off for people who saw the memo.

Later in the memo they mention things like infiltrating pro-Trump Facebook groups to create dissent and discouragement, writing…

“Facebook is a pervasive social media that is used by older people and professionals. It is a demographic cross-section that is less activist (on the whole) and less sophisticated (on the whole) than Twitter. It is higher social-capital than the chans or reddit. It is a good place to work on negative social reinforcement. Lacking a down-vote mechanism, you will need to reply to memes with counter-memes or other mockery. If you can infiltrate pro-Trump groups, concern trolling may be effective if your FB wall will support it”

Instantly, there were questions about the veracity of this memo, as it seemed too ludicrous to be true. I did instantly reach out to Correct The Record via Twitter, asking them about it, but after nearly 100 retweets they have not responded. They have continued to engage others online and answer questions but have refused to address the CTR Digital Disruption Memo.

I also tried contacting them through their official website, but I have not received a response as of the writing of this article. Additionally, I tried reaching out to the site directly through their administration channel but they blocked incoming messages from unapproved accounts. If they choose to respond the article will be updated.

This isn’t the first time the group has come under fire for underhanded tactics. This month alone saw IVN taking them to task for potentially breaching federal campaign regulation, and they also recently came under scrutiny from a watchdog organization for potentially violating election laws, as reported by Yahoo! News. This digital disruption memo wouldn’t be surprising if it turned out to be true given the history of the group’s antics this past election season.


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  • greaterdivinity

    http://www.realtruenews.org/single-post/2016/10/18/Nov-8-Clinton-Strategy-Alien-Invasion

    FYI, this is the site you sourced. But I guess Trump folks are all too happy to dive all the way into the conspiracy theorist pool at this point, since reality isn’t doing them any favors.

    This is why Trump supporters get mocked, because they’re so desperate for anything negative about Hillary or positive about Trump that the best they can do are conspiracy theorist blogs and Trumps unsupported allegations.

    • RTN aside, this article was about Correct The Record and whether there was any weight to the documents being real. It’s nice that you can deflect to RTN, but that doesn’t take away from CTR avoiding even addressing the issue. If it’s fake… why not just say so?

      • greaterdivinity

        But your entire article appears predicated on the news first coming out of RTN proper and RTN via Scribd.

        Literally the source for 100% of this “news” is a conspiracy theorist nonsense site, and the fact that you apparently are happy enough to ignore that and cover this as if it’s serious news is telling.

        You may as well link to the video of Alex Jones talking about how Hillary and Obama are both literally demons who smell of sulfur and always have flies on them, and write an entire article taking him seriously.

        • But your entire article appears predicated on the news first coming out of RTN proper and RTN via Scribd.

          I was actually sent this separately but linked to them since it was on Scribd and I was just following proper citation.

          Nevertheless, whether RTN is 100% conspiracy theory or not, the article is about CTR’s lack of addressing the issue. We can go round and round in circles about the lack of credibility from RTN (to which I have no cares or concerns to address) but the real issue is CTR’s silence. Reaching out to them for something as simple as a “this is fake, it’s not from us!” would have stopped this dead in its tracks. Even to this day, they’ve offered no response… nothing, to at least debunk the spread of this memo.

          The bigger question is: why are more people coming to CTR’s defense than CTR is for their own reputation? It baffles me.

          Believe me, if someone started spreading FUD most normal organizations would be quick to issue a brief statement to shut that stuff down.

          • greaterdivinity

            That’s assuming there’s an issue to address, which thus far I’m not sure there even is. I looked at the IVN link you included and it seems that while the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the way the current laws around this topic work (for brevity’s sake let’s fold it under “astroturfing”, and it was directed towards both sides of the political spectrum), their behavior would fall within the realm of legal given the 2006 FEC regulation cited by IVN that excepts free online content like blogs/social media.

            So basically the TLDR is that there /may/ be a potential issue with this depending on what happens with the complaint filed by the Campaign Legal Center, but as of now there is no “issue” for CTR to address.

            Though again, why the first half of this article is focusing on the RTN “scoop” at all is beyond me. There’s no value in citing or referencing them, they have nothing to add to the rest of the topic with their conspiracy theories. Why should CTR waste their time “correcting” every conspiracy theorist site on the internet? They gain nothing from it and it’s not going to dissuade conspiracy theorists who are convinced that the world is really run by aliens/lizard people. Hell, even when that happens lately with the bullshit that pro-Trump folks pedal, and even when definitive proof is linked, the pro-Trump folks continue to stick their fingers in their ears and shout loudly, pretending that what they believe is still true.

            I’m less coming to CTR’s defense (only really started looking into that after you responded, to be honest) and more mocking the fact that you would dedicate, knowingly or not, a decent chunk of your article to information pulled from a blatantly obvious conspiracy theory site with zero credibility. I feel like you’re going the, “See, by defending CTR you’re proving that you’re just one of their paid astroturfers!” route, which I hope I’m wrong about.

            Not sure what “FUD” references in this instance, can you clarify?

          • FUD, as in malarkey or bologna.

            The first half of the article focuses on the memo because a lot of people thought that it was significant if it is real. It explains a lot of what’s been happening on some sites and regarding some information. If it turned out to be fake (assuming CTR could bother to at least say so or not) then it can be filed as debunked and people would move on about their day.

            The thing is, how hard would it really be for CTR to simply respond via tweet to say “it’s fake”? They waste time responding to other comments of far less importance, I just don’t see why something that garnered the attention the way the memo did would be ignored.

            If a bunch of sites started saying “OAG is an alt-right operative” the least that I would do is issue a basic statement saying it’s false.

          • greaterdivinity

            Ah, in that case (regarding FUD), having worked for some of these large organizations, that’s not necessarily true. /WHO/ is making the allegations is as important as what the allegations are. If it’s some random WordPress blog, it’s not worth the effort to do anything about since it’s unlikely that anyone outside of the owner will see it. If it’s a conspiracy site like RTN, it’s unlikely that anyone who isn’t a nutty conspiracy theorist will see it, or believe it, and they’re not worth engaging with.

            Beyond that, the first half deals with it /IF/ it’s real? There’s no indication /anywhere/ in the article that this information is not confirmed or that the source is questionable (at best). The article treats this information as if it’s true, when it’s very obviously not verified, as you admit. And given the context behind it, i.e. that it comes from a blatant conspiracy site, most reasonable people would pretty quickly discount it instantly, or at best with a quick google search to see if there’s any remotely credible source to back any of this up. You know /JERNULIZM/.

            How hard would it be for CTR to respond? Not hard. Why would they dignify this utter bullshit with a response and elevate its visibility, though? What do they gain outside of “correcting” the record to a handful of conspiracy theorists that won’t believe them anyway? It actually poses more of a risk as it elevates the conspiracy theory to “solid enough to respond to”, which just spreads it further.

            This is is like, business/marketing/pr/communications 101 shit, bro.

          • How hard would it be for CTR to respond? Not hard. Why would they dignify this utter bullshit with a response and elevate its visibility, though? What do they gain outside of “correcting” the record to a handful of conspiracy theorists that won’t believe them anyway? It actually poses more of a risk as it elevates the conspiracy theory to “solid enough to respond to”, which just spreads it further.

            Uhh, no. Because like in most other cases where people have debunked information, if CTR said it’s fake and not theirs this article would not exist at all. That’s how we do things around here.

          • greaterdivinity

            Again, your entire argument is,

            “CTR isn’t taking these ludicrous, blatantly obviously bullshit conspiracy theorist claims seriously, so there must be some truth to them!”

            Do you not see how weak that argument is? I mean, I could crawl to a corner of the internet and start making ludicrous bullshit conspiracy theories about One Angry Gamer and you’d probably never know about it (do we know if CTR is even aware of this bullshit site?). And if you did, why would you take the time to raise awareness of my bullshit and give it validity by “denying” bullshit that doesn’t even deserve to be acknowledged?

            Seriously, you’re grasping at straws pretty big on this one. The entire premise of my argument so far hasn’t been to defend CTR, but to mock the use of RTN as a valid source to base an article upon. Which, despite you saying you didn’t do, you have absolutely done.

          • (do we know if CTR is even aware of this bullshit site?).

            Dude, did you even read the article? I reached out to them on Twitter. It has more than 100 retweets. They’ve completely ignored it. I reached out to them through their official website and I tried their administration address.

            And if you did, why would you take the time to raise awareness of my bullshit and give it validity by “denying” bullshit that doesn’t even deserve to be acknowledged?

            Because that’s what people do when people reach out for comment? This isn’t junior high. PC Gamer was catching heat for changing an article regarding a certain game’s mod, rumors flew they were colluding with a game dev to change the article. I reached out and a few minutes later they kindly explained what happened. No article was produced because we get it all cleared up in a few minutes.

            A lot of people were wondering what the FTC’s role was regarding the gambling scam happening in the YouTube community. I’ve reached out to them several times and they usually respond within minutes, or we schedule a phone call.

            As I said before, there are a LOT of stories that don’t run on here because we reach out to get comment before firing the trigger. And sometimes it’s just misunderstandings that we clear up in private.

            How is it that far more important organizations can at least offer a few minutes of time to clear things up but a much smaller PAC known for trolling can’t send a tweet with two words to say “It’s fake”? Do you not see the absurdity in defending them on their silence when all I’m asking for is confirmation that it’s fake?

            If the FTC, PC Gamer, Kotaku, even Gawker’s lawyers could show the courtesy of responding to some requests, why can’t CTR?

          • greaterdivinity

            Reached out to them on Twitter and? 100 retweets isn’t shit, and Twitter is not really how most actual communication in journalism is done, it’s done via direct contact by email (or even those crazy phone devices!).

            Again, why should they acknowledge it? It’s a completely bullshit conspiracy theory, and the fact that you think it’s even worth reaching out to CTR for a comment on is pretty telling. You shouldn’t even be dignifying the conspiracy theory to begin with, to be honest. You didn’t bother to make any secondary verifications on it, either. You’re taking RTN, again, a site that think that Hillary’s really going to lose the election but will sue an alien invasion to win. I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW THAT ONE ARTICLE SHOULD BE A GIGANTIC RED FLAG TO NEVER TAKE ANYTHING ON THAT SITE SERIOUSLY.

          • most actual communication in journalism is done, it’s done via direct contact by email (or even those crazy phone devices!).

            Dude, did you not just read my comment? You’re so gung-ho on defending your point you’re not reading. I also reached out through their administration address which is VIA e-mail, and through their press contact on the website which is also VIA e-mail. That’s three different forms of communication.

            Again, why should they acknowledge it? It’s a completely bullshit conspiracy theory, and the fact that you think it’s even worth reaching out to CTR for a comment on is pretty telling

            Hundreds of people were retweeting it and asking about it. It’s a story of public interest, so yes, like in ALL cases where rumors, conspiracy theories or allegations are concerned, I reached out.

            When rumors spread that ESPN banned R. Mika’s default costume from being shown on live television, you know what I did? I reached out. They responded quickly saying they weren’t going to be commenting about the matter.

            You shouldn’t even be dignifying the conspiracy theory to begin with, to be honest.

            The media said the same thing about the O’Keefe videos and now there’s ample evidence from multiple third-party sources showing illegal FEC activity by the Clinton campaign. The media also said the same thing about #GamerGate and now there’s more than 50 pages worth of an FTC investigation regarding #GG into Gawker, along with countless examples of corruption. If no one asks questions or attempts to follow-through with anything because it’s a “conspiracy theory” then nothing would ever get exposed.

            You didn’t bother to make any secondary verifications on it, either.

            Reading comprehension, bro. That’s why I reached out to Correct The Record so they could, no pun intended, correct the record.

            vI CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH HOW THAT ONE ARTICLE SHOULD BE A GIGANTIC RED FLAG TO NEVER TAKE ANYTHING ON THAT SITE SERIOUSLY.

            Sure, but that’s why I put the ball in Correct The Record’s court. To this day they can still simply say “It’s fake!” and the story will be updated to reflect that. They still haven’t responded.

  • lucben999

    Sorry Billy but that document really sounds like a troll.

    Truth and Safety Council”? “raaacism”? Referring to themselves as SJWs?

    Yeah that’s not how they talk, this is hitting too many notes at once in a way that seems like parody.

    • I agree that it seems silly, but have you read the Podesta e-mails? They mention wetworks, bringing in token minorities for specific roles to make them look diverse, literally colluding with journalists for positive coverage. The whole thing comes across as a parody.

      That’s why I reached out to Correct The Record multiple times, because if it’s fake obviously they would want to correct the record with a public statement.

      • lucben999

        Those mails come from wikileaks though, I’ve never heard of this Real True News site but that’s the name I’d give to a satire/troll site. The language used doesn’t resemble the Podesta e-mails much either, this is something I’d expect from someone trying to troll 4chan.

        As for CTR I don’t think they’d bother responding to anyone outside of their circle, as far as they’re concerned the fact that people know of their existence is already bad enough, people knowing that there are paid shills roaming around makes it more difficult to peddle bullshit.

        • As for CTR I don’t think they’d bother responding to anyone outside of their circle, as far as they’re concerned the fact that people know of their existence is already bad enough,

          Yeah, but even MovieBob was compelled to speak up to request some minor alterations to the article about him, even though most people don’t know who he is.

          CTR is responding like Quinn and crew when the CON leaks dropped. They were also constantly responding to other people on Twitter about pointless stuff all while hundreds of people are tweeting at them regarding this memo. I mean, if it’s fake… couldn’t they just say “Not us. It’s fake.” ?

          • lucben999

            I just commented again before I saw this, see my other comment, the source seems really really fake. They always get these crazy leaks that nobody else gets and they all read like parody.

          • The RTN site definitely seems fishy but I was also sent the info unrelated to RTN, I just linked to them because they were the only ones to post it up. That’s why I asking CTR about it before publishing anything. It may very well be fake, but CTR’s silence is the part that really gets to me.

          • lucben999

            RTN is most likely the source, it perfectly fits the style of the rest of these mysterious crazy leaks on the site and it’s not traceable to anything on wikileaks.

      • lucben999

        Addendum: I’ve been checking the older pages of that Real True News site and it’s pretty clear that the articles are fake, some of the more obvious ones I found:

        Transcripts from a secret meeting between Shillary and Goldman Sachs executives where she talks about bronies and how millennials are losers: https://archive.is/ssqTd

        Feminist plot to neuter men through vaccines: https://archive.fo/V2fWt

        That second one particularly sounds like typical goon shit because SJWs love to assume their opponents are the ultimate amalgamation of backwards hicks, climate change deniers, the religious right, anti-vaxers and a bunch of stereotypes they like to mock.

  • Alistair

    Oh dam they’re missed a opportunity there and they’re blown even that.

    They’ve should have tick in the “offensive Picture on the Internet” For maximum damage.

    1 thing feminist SJWs dont like is Sexy Women photos the very shit they’re pulled when it comes to sexy women characters, “You men are all the same, you only after one thing”

  • DizzyGear

    God I hope that dox of CTR employees that was dropped on 4chans /pol/ was real. These slimy fucks played with fire and I hope they got burned and got a taste of their own medicine.

  • C G Saturation

    I’m hearing that there is now video proof the Clinton campaign were/are coordinating violent protests. Some people found e-mails where the Clinton campaign say they aim to make Soros happy.
    https://www.wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/15201#efmANSAOV

    So much corruption.

    In other off-topic news (and I don’t know how true this is), I received info that the Microsoft-hired female plagiarist of the country-that-shalt-not-be-named resulted in 12k Xbox Live subscription cards (11 million pesos) being recalled by Microsoft because they had the plagiarised art on them, and selling stolen art is considered illegal.

    I also heard that country’s art community discovered she plagiarised lots more art, and were publically ridiculing/shaming her, until people started lamenting “she plagiarised, but she doesn’t deserve this!”

    If people respected artists more, they’d understand how serious it is to steal someone else’s livelihood for your own profit. I also think people are quick to defend her just because she’s a hot girl. If she was a guy and did the same shit, I doubt anybody would care.

    • Bitterbear

      She should have done like S. Koreans and tweak things even more.

  • Hawk Hopper

    It would seem like they would want to respond to this article and the images included, because, after all, they are called Correct the Record.

    So if they don’t respond to this, are they saying that the record of this doesn’t need to be corrected?

    Also, I’m the first one to comment on this article and it’s been up for 2 hours (according to Twitter), so I guess none of their paid trolls have anything to say.

    • It’s bizarre how silent they are about this. Usually if someone was called out they would want to address it immediately, but I guess they just didn’t have any good answers to provide.