After months of silence, Tumblr Friday secreted a list of 84 usernames and their aliases that it remarks were connected to “state-sponsored disinformation and propaganda campaigns.” It’s the first time the company has publicly declared what journalists and researchers have known now for months: Russian trolls also expended Tumblr to spread their contentious memes and gifs, reportedly to the arium of hundreds of thousands of interactions.
“Democracy necessary transparency and an informed electorate, and we make our responsibilities very seriously, ” Tumblr wrote in a brief introduction to the index. “We aggressively observe Tumblr for ratifies of state-sponsored disinformation campaigns, and make the relevant actions when we uncover anything.” A corporation representative declined to answer follow-up questions about what form that monitoring makes, how extensive the present index is, and what took Tumblr so long to make this information public.
‘It was one of the biggest components of trying to reach young pitch-black youth in urban communities.’
Jonathan Alrbight, Tow Center for Journalism
While Facebook, Twitter, and Google have all vouched before Congress about the ways trolls from the Russian Internet Research Agency mistreated their programmes to make political chaos during the 2016 poll, Tumblr has remained singularly silent on the issues. In reality, when researcher Jonathan Albright told Buzzfeed about IR-Arelated content on Tumblr, the blogging company and its mother business Oath offered no criticism at all, despite apparently opening Buzzfeed’s emails more than 290 times.