Reddit said that it has recognized and eliminated several 100 accounts suspected of being attached to Russia‘s alleged campaign to broadcast disinformation on the social network. The report discussion site said in its yearly transparency report. That it eliminated 944 accounts it suspects was generated by the Internet Research Agency. A group connected to Russian propaganda efforts across the social network.
The report comes after the company CEO Steve Huffman revealed in last month. That his company was helping with a congressional investigation into whether Reddit was a source of misinformation during the 2016 United States election campaign. Steve Huffman said the vast majority of Russian-linked accounts banned had little to no clout on the network. According to the report, which remarked that seventy percent had a zero rating on Reddit’s karma scale. He also remarked that several 100 accounts were banned before the 2016 election through routine Trust and Security reviews. However, seven of the banned accounts were described as having “important” karma scores, proposing they were well-regarded by Reddit peoples.
The company’s investigation came in reply to reports Reddit peoples unknowingly shared content that basically came from Russian trolls. In much the same way the trolls tapped famous websites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter to sow seeds of discord among the US during the election. In indictments handed down in February, United States special counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department accused Internet Research Agency employees of building troll accounts and applying bots to stage arguments and fuel political unrest during the 2016 campaign.
And though Russian trolls located election-related ads on Facebook and Twitter, that wasn’t the case with Reddit, Huffman also said. “I also want to be very sharp that none of the 944 peoples located any ads on Reddit,” he said. “We also did not identify any effective use of these accounts to engage in vote manipulation”. As part of its transparency effort, the company posted a link to a list all nine hundred plus accounts it eliminated due to suspected links to Russian propaganda efforts. The accounts will eventually be eliminated from Reddit after an unspecified public review period.