- Nearly 1,000 Russian trolls were banned from Reddit after it was discovered they were working for the same Putin-funded company that was accused of election meddling on Facebook.
- Reddit decided to leave the accounts and their content online for “a period of time,” to give Redditors a chance to look through the posts themselves.
- Among the 944 accounts, there is lots of fake news, political memes, and Hillary Clinton bashing, but there are also quite a few surprises.
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman announced Tuesday that the forum-based site had identified and banned nearly 1,000 accounts linked to a Putin-funded Russian troll farm that was indicted by a grand jury for interfering in the 2016 US election in favor of Donald Trump, according to the office of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Reddit has chosen to give users a chance to see the Russian-affiliated content for themselves, by providing a link to a full list of the suspicious accounts, including their full content history. The accounts will be fully removed from Reddit “after a period of time,” according to Huffman.
Business Insider looked through many of the banned accounts’ content and found lots of what you’d expect from a politically-motivated Russian troll, along with lots of surprises.
It’s important to note that among the breadth of content there were countless racist, sexist, and otherwise too offensive memes, images and other posts to publish here, but we’ve compiled a few highlights that we think are representative of the batch as a whole.
Heads up: We’ve done our best not to include any disturbing or inflammatory posts (there were many), but some of the following aren’t particularly family-friendly.