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Tumblr Takes Down 84 Russia-Linked Accounts ( 118

On Friday, Tumblr said it has taken down 84 accounts used by Russia to spread disinformation ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The accounts were reportedly linked to the Russian troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency. The Hill reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller last month indicted 13 Russians and three Russian entities associated with the Internet Research Agency who are accused of orchestrating an elaborate plot to spread divisive messages to U.S. audiences on social media ahead of the election. The individuals face multiple charges, including identity theft and bank fraud. Tumblr said in a statement Friday that it provided information on the 84 Russia-linked accounts from its investigation to the Justice Department. Tumblr said the Russia-linked accounts were solely focused on spreading disinformation by posting "organic content." The company found no indication that the accounts purchased any advertisements. The platform says it will notify any users who interacted with the accounts and provide them with a list of usernames they engaged with. Tumblr also disclosed that it will keep a public record of usernames linked to the Internet Research Agency or other state-sponsored disinformation efforts for the sake of transparency.
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Tumblr Takes Down 84 Russia-Linked Accounts

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  • 84? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ArchieBunker ( 132337 ) on Sunday March 25, 2018 @06:40PM (#56325011) Homepage

    So 84 accounts out of 345 million registered? Nothing in other words.

    • Science (Score:5, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 25, 2018 @06:47PM (#56325039)

      You have no idea what sort of evil they were up to. They were probably claiming something horrible on Tumblr, like saying there are only two genders.

      Can you even imagine how much that would disrupt Tumblr?

    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      The Western intelligence services fear 84 accounts?
      Some university level meme magic and traditionalism reminded America it was always great?
    • So 84 accounts out of 345 million registered? Nothing in other words.

      If they found 84, given that there are 345 million accounts, it's almost a certainty that there are others they missed.

      Did they miss 10? Did they miss 500? 1000?

      We don't know, but we have seen that a relatively small number of vocal shills can stir the pot and make trouble on a scale that's waaaaaay out of proportion to their numbers.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      This is like asking how Trump's Twitter account can have any influence or power at all when it's just one single account out of 330 million active users.

      These accounts are just entry points for fake news, memes and propaganda. What matters is not how many there are, but how far their messages spread and the influence they had. The number of accounts tells you nothing.

      That's why social media is such a powerful tool. That's why Russia uses it. That's why western governments use it too - don't forget that the

  • seriously, I'd like to know what the disinformation was.

    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      Been able to show in images from the news or articulate in a few lines that:
      One candidate was giving great positive speeches to lots of real voters all over the USA.
      Another candidate was talking to small numbers of the tame media on the east and west coast.
      One candidate was able to give a speech that people in different states all over the USA enjoyed.
      Another candidate spoke down to people all over the USA.
      Subtle news topics that actual US voters like sharing.

      To stop that US news from spreading facts
    • Just watch Fox News. They are the main mouthpiece for Russian propaganda. Have been for a while.l
  • What you're saying is that 84 accounts took a bit of a tumbl?

  • This strikes me as odd. Posting organic content? No Proxies.. or shitty proxies? Disinformation... like what can you say bad about the last election candidates that isnt so very obvious... they were all idiots and the Russian trolls really didnt have to do much at all, if anything.
    • "organic content" = the poop emoji
      • I so wish these two can get their shit together, the things the US and Rus can accomplish together... the BALLS and the BRAINS... Apha Centurie anybody. And Russia has big fucking BALLS... lol
  • by AbRASiON ( 589899 ) * on Sunday March 25, 2018 @07:36PM (#56325173) Journal

    There's nearly 400 MILLION accounts on tumblr.
    *400, MILLION*

    So it's newsworthy that 80 accounts 'linked to Russians' were closed? Really? Really? For goodness sakes, there's over 300,000,000 Americans, there's 6 (7?) Billion people on the planet.

    There's VPN providers in Russia, when the figure is as low as 84 people, it could literally, literally be Americans just using a VPN or proxy because they're paranoid, coming out of a Russian IP. Christ, it could be 84 Americans who've moved to Russia?

    Maybe it's just 84 citizens?

    When, WHEN, *WHEN* will the @#$%^ing Russia articles stop on this website? It's this endless braying of Russia Russia Russia! with exceedingly little convincing evidence of anything. *Even if there was* I've no doubt the American govt would've done the same thing historically.

    I come to slashdot for technology news, not politics. I'm *NOT* American, no I wouldn't have voted for Trump, I would've voted for Bernie.

    Another day, another person, entirely focused on politics, unable to detach politics from everything else in society, has to spam their stuff here, to try to rustle up feathers.

    Seriously, I'd be better off hitting /homelab /linux /hardware /android etc on Reddit at this point. Can someone, in some position, stop this shit? It's fucking daily and 2/3 of them are barely tech related.

    • Hey - it undoubtedly makes for traffic/income!

      Also, if you're someone outside the US, that cares about liberal democracy and technology - you do kind of have to worry at least a little about the pretty massive operations Russia has been enacting on democracies world-wide, not just the US.

      I see the problem more like - this isn't really doing anything on a scale needed to detect/prevent international sabotage, this is just closing the barn door a YEAR AFTER the cows were already eaten.

      Technology has a role to

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      The stories might stop when Mueller's investigation ends, depending on what he finds. I wouldn't count on it though.

      And like it or not, technology is now an important part of politics. If that bothers you then try tweeting @DonaldTrump and asking him to stop.

  • What's next, Geocities Takes down 23 Russia-linked accounts? My sides.

  • by GlennC ( 96879 ) on Sunday March 25, 2018 @08:21PM (#56325335)

    So when Tumblr says that

      " will keep a public record of usernames linked to the Internet Research Agency or other state-sponsored disinformation efforts",

    does that include those used by the FBI, NSA, and/or CIA, or is it just those evil foreigners?

  • Did Tumblr also take down Harry Reid's account?

  • They were pushing flaming leftist outrage, presumably to get peoples' mouths louder with stuff that makes conservatives more liky to get out and vote.

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