Tumblr Deletes 84 Fake Russian Accounts

Tumblr Deletes 84 Fake Russian Accounts

Fandom. The unknown dark entity. It is one of the most mysterious places since Bermuda Triangle or even the inside of Monica Geller’s Cleaning supply closet. For this fandom to operate and ‘Squee’ about their shows and OTPs (One True Pairings) Tumblr was the place to go. Teen girls have grown up into young adults while continuing to use Tumblr as their go to site for their creative and fandom related posts. So, you can guess the shock and surprise when, last weekend they received an email from the Tumblr staff claiming they had reblogged a post on their timeline from a Russian Propaganda Page!

Tumblr: Spring Cleaning When Winter is Here!

Supposedly, Tumblr went on a spring cleaning spree as news about Facebook’s involvement in the massive data leak was just trickling in. Over the weekend, it quietly emailed its users that they had zeroed down on 84 users that were IRA (Internet Research Agency) backed. There have been claims of it being in cahoots with those involved in the Russian Pro-Trump Propaganda Pages. What it means is they were the one who would create ‘Fake News’ and ‘Alternative Facts’ about the Democrats and spread them across various social media portals.

To think that the Russians studied American habits so well, that they could create content out of it, is astounding. To top it all, it also makes one wonder why, one of the biggest democratic countries election process could so easily be swayed with social media posts?

In its email, the Tumblr staff pointed out the steps it had undertaken to notify its users who may have seen and reblogged content from one of these accounts:

  • Emailing any users that liked, reblogged, replied to or followed any of the IRA-linked accounts.
  • They maintained a public record of usernames linked to the IRA and other state-sponsored disinformation campaigns.
  • They did not automatically delete reblog chains containing content from these accounts, explaining, “We’re letting you decide because the reblog chains contain posts created by real Tumblr users, often challenging or debunking the false and incendiary claims in the IRA-linked original post. Removing those authentic posts without your consent would encroach on your free speech—and there have been enough disruptions to our conversations as it is.”

Included in the email from the Staff at Tumblr was a detailed list of the user names that were banned by them.

  1. 1-800-gloup
  2. 4mysquad previously known as: thomascestevez
  3. aaddictedtoblackk previously known as: kathyzunigaoverhere, soaddictedtoblackk
  4. artautumn
  5. awesomelizzyjenningsthings
  6. bastardpigeon previously known as: pigeonbastard
  7. belindadoingitgood
  8. bellaxiao previously known as: blogmadworldlove
  9. bellygangstaboo
  10. best-usa-today
  11. bestofninegag previously known as: apolicethepolicethings
  12. black-to-the-bones
  13. blackness-by-your-side previously known as: black-galaxy-magic, fullyfurrymiracle, u4guy, ufo-pilot-and-his-sexy-spouse
  14. blacknproud previously known as: in-the-mirror-world, indiebirdsblog, no-place-for-homophobia
  15. blacktolive
  16. bleepthepolice
  17. cartnsncreal previously known as: feelmydragonballs
  18. chantelreneeblm
  19. coldfirefan
  20. coolmagnificentbets
  21. cybercollectionnerdstuff
  22. delroyheater previously known as: delroyheater32, mastercucumber, scrumptiousluminarytimemachine, sexinstructor666, sexintructor
  23. destinyrush previously known as: delightfullyghostlysong
  24. down-to-venus previously known as: teenageflowerluminary
  25. eugeny-a-antonov
  26. everydaycutenesstherapy
  27. fedupwithlying previously known as: badgyalforyou
  28. funkycodex previously known as: craftykryptonitedelusion
  29. gentlexnoise previously known as: slakerglitch, superblydopepatrol
  30. getaninspiration
  31. gogomrbrown previously known as: go-mrbrown, infectedv0ice, todd-la-death
  32. gottimechillinaround previously known as: howardhenderson
  33. guns4l1fe previously known as: 4lifeme, guns4lifeme, unabashedpolicerunaway
  34. honestlyyoungpersona
  35. honeyjenna
  36. hustleinatrap previously known as: thenaturecanpost, tumblercube
  37. ineverstopexploringblog previously known as: charlenefletcher
  38. info-mix previously known as: americanstatistics, crazypolitician, girlsagainst, illegalmom, just-stat, rochelbarr
  39. itwontbeeasyme
  40. jamesjdelvecchio
  41. jenningsmiracle
  42. joycherryblossom previously known as: joyfullyhappycherryblossom
  43. justmarilynadventure previously known as: justmarylinthings
  44. kingbeardplayer previously known as: kirksgossplayer, placeofminimalthings
  45. kirstenbrownstories
  46. lagonegirl
  47. lamcbride
  48. loveboholiveboho
  49. massivelydopepolice
  50. massmedear previously known as: massblog021
  51. melanin-diary previously known as: blackjourney2justice, dontshootus, jusslittlestoner
  52. missberrianstuff
  53. mooseblogtimes
  54. morningwoodz previously known as: 5cubes, bangbangempire, empireofweird, gifemprireohh, innerpicsempire, picsempire
  55. nadiquitegoodatit previously known as: runlovernad
  56. nevaehtyler previously known as: laserenita
  57. noteverythingiswhite previously known as: ashleyfsilver
  58. poligraphme previously known as: poligraphmy
  59. postingwhileblack previously known as: ghettablasta, heygeraldmartinjohanssen, honestinjun, nativewolveshere
  60. rebellloudwiththecrowd previously known as: massivelystrangetyrant
  61. ricordio
  62. rikki-ri
  63. sassydreamlandcloud
  64. scentedballoonpanda
  65. sergpolozov
  66. shoutoutworldwide previously known as: blackprideworldwide, krispymentalitycowboy
  67. shyshannonstuff
  68. skullofjustice previously known as: naughtykermit, ryanbutlersstuff, usnationaldebt
  69. skwad55
  70. somestuff4ya previously known as: somestufffoya, unitedposters
  71. starling-all-black-all-day
  72. stopropaganda
  73. sumchckn previously known as: blondeinpolitics, blvckcommunity, classylgbthomie, hwuudoin, politixblondie
  74. summerinsomniac
  75. superblygun
  76. swagintherain previously known as: blacklivesmatterusa, carzwithgirlz
  77. the-real-eye-to-see
  78. thetrippytrip previously known as: matrixpath, themostpost
  79. thingstolovefor previously known as: the-inner-mirror
  80. this-truly-brutal-world previously known as: awesomewhitepearl, free-mind-and-soul
  81. voteforwest2020 previously known as: mrbadasscat
  82. weproudto2black
  83. wevanessastewartstuff
  84. yanbig

Tumblr also went on to quote, “Democracy requires transparency and an informed electorate, and we take our responsibilities very seriously. We aggressively monitor Tumblr for signs of state-sponsored disinformation campaigns, and take the appropriate action when we uncover anything.”

Too Little Too Late?

We may be convinced into acknowledging the amazing work that Tumblr has accomplished by banning these pages, but, the skeptic in us, takes this discovery with a pinch of salt.

Basically, while this seems like just a tip of the iceberg, there are many ‘White Supremacy’ and ‘Fake News’ pages that have US origins that are still allowed to operate on Tumblr.

So next time think twice before you share a post on any social media application, least it be a Russian Propaganda page that spews ‘Fake News’ and ‘Alt Facts’.

A traveler who has eaten with Bedouins, gotten lost in mist, and walked a kilometer to get net connection. When not writing, Nisha reads tech magazines to shampoo bottle labels

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