In his blog, the company announced Tuesday that these accounts have suspicious signs, which suggest that they came from the Russian Agency Internet research (Ira).
Ira is a Russian “Troll farm” in St. Petersburg, the FBI and the investigation Robert Mueller, charged with spreading misinformation and propaganda to influence the US presidential elections in 2016.
However, most of the accounts banned have gained little traction on reddit.
Every reddit user is the result of karma, which goes up and down based on how popular the posts of this user on the platform. If a post is voted to the top of the page to reddit, post the user will gain karma points. However, if other users will fill the post, he loses a point of karma. Seventy percent (662) of the suspicious account has a zero as the result of karma, and therefore their position was not seen many reddit users.
Horacio Villalobos/Corbis/Getty ImagesThe General Manager at reddit Steve Huffman spoke on the theme “the reshaping of Reddit” on the third day of the web summit in Altis arena, Nov. 08 2017, in Lisbon, Portugal.
Here is a breakdown of accounts and their karma on the platform:
— 70% (662) had zero Karma
– 1% (8) had negative karma
— 22 percent (203) had from 1 to 999 Karma
— 6 percent (58) had 1000 to 9999 karma
– 1% (13) were the result of karma 10,000+
Reddit also indicates that of the remaining 30 percent (282) — more than a bunch of active accounts-more than half of them (145) was banned until the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
However, some of the transaction accounts active as recently as 9 April. A total of only seven highly influential accounts, with the account of Karma more than 10,000, went unnoticed until the recent investigations Reddit in operation of the Russian platform.
All 944 accounts were blocked from posting or interacting, but still visible, to allow the investigators to evaluate the posts.
The interactive account of Karma 99,493 post some fragments of the anti-Hillary Clinton content, including messages calling for Clinton should be in prison and the image that shows trump as a knight in the gilded armor, piercing the head of a Clinton on his sword. Many of the active accounts made racist posts and wrote about weapons of Messages, but there were also some banned accounts that posted black lives matter material.
Davlashyan/Naira AP, FILEA view of the four-storey building known as a “Troll factory” in St.-Petersburg, Russia, Feb. 17, 2018.
In a post last month on reddit said that he didn’t find any Russian propaganda ads, but as a precaution, he banned all advertising from Russia. The company says that although he has banned accounts directly posting the suspicious material, it can be seen in many examples of ordinary users unwittingly sharing Russian propaganda platform.
“The biggest risk we face as Americans is our own ability to distinguish reality from delusions, and that’s a burden we all bear,” the post stated.
This innocent strengthening of disinformation similar behavior on other social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. But on reddit confessed to the blog on Tuesday the message is that it has a lot of opportunities for improvement in this area and promises to make changes.
“Over the past few months, our teams have evaluated our site-wide protection from fraud and abuse, to see where we can make these improvements,” – was said in the post.