While the internet is filled with sources providing accurate and unbiased information aimed at getting informed voters to the polls on Tuesday, some corners of it are taking an alternate approach. A Buzzfeed report cites 4chan posters cooking up various memes and campaign-lookalike graphics intended to confuse and mislead potential Hillary Clinton voters. We’ve seen a preview of this with Twitter ads that promoted a “vote by text message” hoax and it appears there could be similar efforts in store for tomorrow.
Of course, this band of message board trolls and their illegal activity is just one drop in the bucket of Macedonian teenagers, polling place intimidators and usual last-minute political advertising. If any of these images (or others like them) actually do get pushed in ad campaigns via social media, those of us who have been on the internet for more than five minutes will probably easily recognize them. Still, you’ll probably want to implement the usual April Fool’s Day protocols and verify the source of any information before believing it.