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When I was in third grade, I thought my sisters Tumblr was the coolest thing ever.
Even today, I still kinda think my sisters Tumblr is the coolest thing ever.
People make fun of Tumblr, as if it’s a place only for either the type to slit their wrist and listen to MCR or the picture perfect Urban Outfitters aesthetic. But its really not just that. I personally go on Tumblr when I need a good laugh or if I’m in need of inspiration. Generally, I’ve always really loved it and I believe it’s a whole lot less toxic and unhealthy than a lot of other social media.
But the shit I’m about to tell you about right now…it’s a little wack.
I got an email from Tumblr a few days ago with the subject:
"Update Russian-linked activity on Tumblr"
Update? Um… I had no knowledge of this in the first place. This is an alert!
The email goes on:
"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:"
Electronic propaganda? AM I A GATEWAY TO HACKING OUR GOVERNMENT. Did that 5SOS meme I reblogged unlock some secrets? I am contributing to…to…TERRORISM??????????
After they sent this paragraph they included names of some of the accounts and let me tell you that they are funny as hell. I’m not going to write them though because honestly, I’m terrified.
The nice people at Tumblr reassured me that I didn’t accidentally contribute to any federal crimes and stated,
"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."
What I love about Tumblr is that I don’t go on it for social purposes and it’s not about who I follow…its purely about their content. These spies however, (or whatever you want to call them) are taking advantage of that. They take advantage that no one’s really looking at who they are in the first place, and in all seriousness, that makes me sad.
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