Reddit has dedicated ‘war room’ to fight Russian misinformation

Reddit has dedicated ‘war room’ to fight Russian misinformation
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Reddit CEO Steve Huffman on Wednesday detailed the "war room" the company has created to fend off foreign misinformation campaigns on the fifth most-visited U.S. site, saying the collaborative effort has helped the company address the issue.

Huffman told NBC News that the company has multiple teams dedicated to addressing the spread of misinformation and protecting the site from manipulative behavior.

The look inside the "war room" comes just a few weeks ahead of the midterm elections, which experts have warned are a target for foreign entities attempting to influence American voters.

"They’re not simple issues," Huffman told NBC. "The behaviors are complex, so it takes a variety of expertise to sort them all out."

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He added that while there is ongoing foreign activity, the process of rooting out misinformation has become easier as the platform has expanded its resources.  

"We've become more sophisticated,” Huffman said. "Our tools for dealing with them have increased as well."

Reddit, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms have taken steps in the aftermath of the 2016 election to protect their sites from foreign influence campaigns.

Reddit earlier this year removed "a few hundred accounts" linked to Russian propaganda. Huffman said at the time that the site hadn't seen many ads from Russia "either before or after the 2016 election" and that ads from Russia are currently banned from the site.

A short time later, Huffman announced that Reddit had found nearly 1,000 accounts suspected to be linked to a Russian troll farm. Few of those accounts "had a visible impact on the site," Huffman said.