Reddit has banned 944 accounts linked to the IRA Russian troll farm
|TechCrunch 11 Apr 2018 at 13:26|
Yesterday, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman published the team’s annual transparency report. Generally, the focus of this report has been to keep Redditors apprised of the current state of requests and approvals by governments and law enforcement for the preservation or production of user data. This year, the announcement was framed a bit differently as Huffman also took the opportunity to deliver some updates on Russian attempts to infiltrate the platform.
Huffman stated that the company had identified 944 “suspicious” accounts believed to be linked to the Internet Research Agency. These accounts made over 14,000 posts on the site according to Huffman. He said that “few” of these accounts appeared to have a “visible impact on the site.”
Huffman noted the specific karma rating scores of the accounts, indicating that the vast majority of the suspicious accounts had received little to no engagement from users.
Huffman says that most of the active accounts were caught and banned previous to the 2016 election. A big part of this is that as opposed to a site like Twitter, where users have to be reported to the company itself, Reddit users can be banned by moderators which are unpaid community managers of individual subreddits.