Russian trolls used Tumblr to influence American voters

时间:2018-02-10 单词数:00

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Buzzfeed believes that the infamous Internet Research Agency targeted the African American community on the site.


If you thought that Tumblr was just fan fiction and monochrome erotica GIFs, then you probably haven’t been paying attention.The blogging platform has also, in recent years, become a hotbed of Russian activists seeking to disrupt American politics.That’s the charge leveled at the platform by Buzzfeed and Professor Jonathan Albright, an authority on so-called fake news.

如果你认为Tumblr只是些同人小说和色情的黑白图片,那么你可能大意了。近年来,博客平台也成为了俄罗斯激进分子的温床,他们试图破坏美国的政治。这是Buzzfeed和Jonathan Albright教授在平台上提出的指控。Jonathan Albright是所谓的“假新闻”中的权威。

The outlets teamed up to examine if Tumblr, like Facebook and Twitter, had been compromised by the notorious Internet Research Agency.The agency has been described as a professional trolling agency, using social media to wage an information war on foreign powers.Unlike on those other networks, however, it appears that the efforts were designed to drive a wedge in the African American community.


According to research from Buzzfeed and Albright, Russia launched accounts that initially propagated false accounts concerning Hillary Clinton’s attitude towards African Americans.Older footage, including video of a South African police officer attacking a 15-year-old girl, which was edited into GIFs and attributed to the NYPD.Counter to this were memes praising Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, before switching to a pro-Trump tone during the election.


Albright and Buzzfeed believe that Tumblr has escaped scrutiny so far, and may not be aware of the state of the issue.It’s claimed that reports have contacted Tumblr’s representatives several times without reply, and also unsuccessfully reached out to Senator Mark Warner for comment.At this point, it’s not clear what Tumblr’s awareness is, or how it is planning to address the accusations that Russian interference was on the site.

Albright和Buzzfeed认为,Tumblr到目前为止已经逃脱了审查,可能还没有意识到多个账号被俄罗斯操控的这个问题。有报道称,媒体曾多次试图联系Tumblr的发言人,但迄今没有得到回复,也未能联系到参议员Mark Warner发表态度。目前还不清楚Tumblr是否认识到该问题,也不清楚它打算如何应对俄罗斯对该网站的干预。

Engadget, which is owned by Oath, which also owns Tumblr via its purchase of Yahoo, has reached out for comment.No response had been received by time of publication, but we will update this story when we are able.


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