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Find SOME way to filter out all of the Russian trolls!

Russian trolls are a plague on Yahoo comments. Most of them are easy to identify, because they are attacking Yahoo or other news sources, not the article or information in question. Also, Russian trolls generally have few comments, generally less than a thousand, and a quick review of their other comments can be used as the basis to screen them out and close their accounts. Get these Russian trolls OUT of Yahoo!

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    lets double our efforts in persecuting baptists and catholics.. we need to ban both groups from using yahoo,facebook

  • Hal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just like the comments board, this thread too is crawling with Russian trolls on the Putin payroll and no doubt other foreign mercenary state-sponsored actors, all pretending to be Americans. Unsurprising, and just as I predicted when I started this thread 11/1/2017. before it was later inexplicably merged into another thread.

    I started this thread and posted the original comment in this thread (now inexplicably downgraded to a comment appearing at the end of the thread) and addressed it directly to Yahoo management and moderators way back on Nov 1, 2017. As of today the thread has made it all the way up the rankings to 23rd, but it's still "gathering feedback" . When the **** are Yahoo staff going to get around to responding?

    More importantly, when is Yahoo going to stop cynically greedily shirking your civic responsibility in favor of the exponential increase in ad revenue that you receive from the exponential increase in argumentative comment activity -- all spurred on by disruptive combative state-sponsored foreign trolls?

    When are you going to address the very real threats to our American democracy and to our very system of government your inaction poses by allowing these combative state sponsored foreign trolls pretending to be Americans to run roughshod through the Yahoo News comments board -- dividing real American from real American through a targeted campaign of disruption, antagonism, propaganda and flat out lies?

    SAY SOMETHING!!! DO SOMETHING, DAMMIT!!!!!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Um, 63 million people voted for Trump. Go somewhere and try to let that sink in. You will be less inclined to blame your woes on the Russians.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Stop the fake Russia blame game, lib Trump-hate troll... get a grasp of reality.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If you're a liberal troll everyone who doesnt agree with your sissy attitude and makes you cry is a russian....

  • Chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Original Posters Definition of Troll: Anyone who disagrees with my liberal views.

  • MAGA_Life commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "...Russian trolls/bots are quite easy to spot. They generally have less than a thousand comments, sometimes less than a hundred..."
    "seems like every other one has 30,000 - 50,000 responses"

    Welcome to Yahoo!

    Like it or not some of us do have 30,000 - 50,000+ responses. Some of us have been around since 1996.

    There are also those of us that have ~1000-ish comments but have also been here since 1996, got caught up in the Marissa Meyer shadow banning purge and had to recreate a new/alt account.

    Thanks to VPNs you'll NEVER get rid those of us that lean to the right, keep our comments civil (but still call you far left wack-jobs out) and will continue to support President Donald J. Trump here on Yahoo!.

  • Hyy Haha commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There are tons of trolls posting and promoting their anti-American in the suggestions, just sort by the the top suggestions and you can see those trolls, remove their accounts please.

  • CB commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agree with this comment. Too many trolls and stalkers in the comment section, and no way to block them from harassing you either. Mute doesn't work - they can still post to you, and everyone else can see it but you.

  • karen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    seems like 99% of the commenters are russian or alt-right bots, trolls, & propagandists. except on weekends, then you might get more "real people." seems like every other one has 30,000 - 50,000 responses.

  • Eric Husher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Russian trolls/bots are quite easy to spot. They generally have less than a thousand comments, sometimes less than a hundred (because they have change their account name so many times), they can be completely irrelevant to the article subject, or make highly inappropriate comments, often in semi-literate 'English,' or are unfamiliar with obvious references that any American would know. If the article is in any way critical of Trump, or Russia, or talks about Ukraine, the Russian trolls/bots come out in droves. They are also highly critical of article sources, rather than the content of the articles themselves, and this is why you see them complaining about 'Huffpo,' or even 'Yahoo.' If they don't LIKE these articles, why do they bother to read them and comment on them? There is only ONE reason, and that is because they are PAID to do so, and that 'payment' comes in Roubles. YOU know it; I know it; so why isn't anything DONE about it?

  • J commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Totally agree. This is out of hand, and I'll stop reading Yahoo articles if it isn't fixed soon. Trump has about a 33% approval rating and yet 90% of the comments are bots and trolls posting 'MAGA'. Enough.

  • j commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I post a lot of comment over many years. In the past couple years I had a feeling Yahoo login's were being "borrowed" by trolls to leave comments. Today I found what looks like proof: a commenter's comments changed from hard pro-Obama to hard pro-trump. Yes, he may have had a change of heart, but it's just as likely that troll farms are gathering lists of yahoo ids/passwords for their trolls to use temporarily to evade detection and create credibility.
    The other symptom is that yahoo commenters who have only a few comments over years suddenly post a few political comments in a short time getting hundreds and thousands of thumbs. The odds of that happening even once are minimal, but I see it frequently.

  • Necoo m commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Russian trolls? I think you are drinking the cool-aid. Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't mean they are from Russia.

  • Nik commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Seems like anyone who disagrees with hal’s ( or any liberal Democrats) Views is a Russian bot....
    well, I disagree Hal and I’m a ( shocker, I know) AMERICAN.
    Shame on you Hal, you are a traitor and you know it

  • [Deleted User] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Few of the posts here are helpful or relevant because they are outright denials of people who complain about the problem.
    They use arguments that criticise "poor whiny liberals", "socialist liberalism", and such, and then claim that there are people who believe that anybody who disagrees with them are ******* trolls or who have foreign influence etc., etc.,etc..

    Their comments are made freely, as is their right, but they are no better than the people they condemn and are easily ignored.

    I've seen few that are objective; one of the best so far is to filter out comments based upon IP addresses.
    It's not an infallible method, because some trolls are inside ****** and yet others may very well be spoofing their IP addresses. All the same, it should not be difficult to weed out the obvious ones.

    Few of the posts here are relevant

  • Peoples Ready Mix commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So now anybody who doesn't sip at the socialist liberalism Koolaid tap are labled as Russian trolls. The fact is that the majority of Americans actually believe in the Constitution as the basis for our freedoms (including the press and speech). Nowhere is there a 'right' to not be offended, or to silence those who disagree with your desire to live off the the government (which means everyone else). And why is it OK (by the libs) to have strong foreign (SOROS) influence in our elections and press?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The Russian and Koch Trolls need to be removed!! These filthy vermin are committed to destroying the freedom of the press. I understand why the Russians do it, but these so called americans are nothing but triators.

  • cocoman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    block ip's that do not originate in the u.s. and quit blocking our comments...

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