So, I got this email last night:
(Subject: Update on Russian-linked activity on Tumblr)
Dear (my Tumblr name),
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:
(long list of usernames and past usernames)
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.
Russia! Russia! OMG Russia!!!
El-oh-el. Where's the proof here? (Oh wait, it's Tumblr....) And what exactly do they consider to be Russian propaganda? I'm guessing anything that badmouths capitalism or the good ol' US of A--I've been reblogging a lot of that kind of stuff as of late. I'd have to jump in my WayBack Machine to find any posts I reblogged by any of the named accounts, but with our crappy internet and over 2000 liked posts it would take far more time than I'm willing to waste to find it just out of curiosity.
LiveJournal was bought by some Russian outfit many years ago, and it's all but dead now. (George R. R. Martin might be the only person still using it on a regular basis.)
Disinformation campaigns. Fake news!! Good grief.