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Also, Tumblr: “Update on Russian-linked activity on Tumblr” 2018 Mar 23

Just got this email:

Dear artlung,

As part of our commitment to transparency, we want you to know that we uncovered and terminated 84 accounts linked to Internet Research Agency or IRA (a group closely tied to the the Russian government) posing as members of the Tumblr community.

The IRA engages in electronic disinformation and propaganda campaigns around the world using phony social media accounts. When we uncovered these accounts, we notified law enforcement, terminated the accounts, and deleted their original posts.

While investigating their activity on Tumblr, we discovered that you either followed one of these accounts linked to the IRA, or liked or reblogged one of their posts:

  • 1-800-gloup
  • bellaxiao previously known as: blogmadworldlove
  • bellygangstaboo
  • blackness-by-your-side previously known as: black-galaxy-magic, fullyfurrymiracle, u4guy, ufo-pilot-and-his-sexy-spouse
  • cartnsncreal previously known as: feelmydragonballs
  • destinyrush previously known as: delightfullyghostlysong
  • down-to-venus previously known as: teenageflowerluminary
  • fedupwithlying previously known as: badgyalforyou
  • gogomrbrown previously known as: go-mrbrown, infectedv0ice, todd-la-death
  • honestlyyoungpersona
  • hustleinatrap previously known as: thenaturecanpost, tumblercube
  • info-mix previously known as: americanstatistics, crazypolitician, girlsagainst, illegalmom, just-stat, rochelbarr
  • lagonegirl
  • massivelydopepolice
  • mooseblogtimes
  • morningwoodz previously known as: 5cubes, bangbangempire, empireofweird, gifemprireohh, innerpicsempire, picsempire
  • nevaehtyler previously known as: laserenita
  • postingwhileblack previously known as: ghettablasta, heygeraldmartinjohanssen, honestinjun, nativewolveshere
  • rebellloudwiththecrowd previously known as: massivelystrangetyrant
  • sassydreamlandcloud
  • sumchckn previously known as: blondeinpolitics, blvckcommunity, classylgbthomie, hwuudoin, politixblondie
  • swagintherain previously known as: blacklivesmatterusa, carzwithgirlz
  • the-real-eye-to-see
  • thetrippytrip previously known as: matrixpath, themostpost
  • thingstolovefor previously known as: the-inner-mirror
  • this-truly-brutal-world previously known as: awesomewhitepearl, free-mind-and-soul

You aren’t in trouble, and don’t need to take any action if you don’t want to. We deleted the accounts but decided to leave up any reblog chains so that you can curate your own Tumblr to reflect your own personal views and perspectives.

Democracy requires transparency and an informed electorate and we take our disclosure responsibility very seriously. We’ll be aggressively watching for disinformation campaigns in the future, take the appropriate action, and make sure you know about it.

— Tumblr

See also: Tumblr staff: “We’re taking steps to protect against future interference in our political conversation by state-sponsored propaganda campaigns”

Joe Crawford blogged this at 1:24pm in 2018 in March. The 23rd was a Friday. You are reading this 3 months later. Make a public comment. There are no comments Tweet. Direct message. Send email. It has hashtags→ .

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