Reddit says Russian propaganda was shared by ‘thousands’ ahead of the 2016 election

After initially dodging questions about whether Kremlin-linked groups used Reddit to spread propaganda, CEO Steve Huffman acknowledged Monday that they they did:

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman posted Monday that the company is in the middle of an “ongoing investigation” into how Russian sources may have used the platform in the run-up to the 2016 election and that Reddit has “removed a few hundred accounts” that were knowingly sharing Russian propaganda.
Huffman also implied that Russian sources did not buy ads on Reddit — “All ads on Reddit are reviewed by humans” — but that “thousands” of users unknowingly shared Russian propaganda that may have first appeared on other sites, like Twitter.


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