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!
Dog Food commented
Someone with a "huge" comment count to me is a red flag that it is automated and/or organized. I tend to delete my comments after a few days to keep it "fresh." I also do not hoard old newspapers and magazines. I don't have time to re-read all the schoolyard insults either, while seeking an occasional pearl of wisdom. PLEASE fix the Abuse button! First off, stop using it as a form of censorship. I've been "flagged" and had comments deleted because I called a "reporter" out for reporting "opinion" as "fact". Nowhere in my comment did I violate the terms of service, threaten, or even use anything that could be deemed an insult. If someone "flags" many users, look at the content of what was flagged, and use their IP address, not their user name. The same goes for reply's full of insults. I've noticed some commonly used "terms" are no longer allowed, but Trumptard seems to have almost a protected status?
Eric Henderson commented
BTW simply having large comment count does not make a user a “troll”... in fact the opposite is probably true. A true “troll” account won’t last long as they will be flagged. I have been a member for way over 10 years... I am not a “troll”. Trolls live on BOTH sides of issues and strive to produce chaos. Take care who you label troll... driving long term users away is one goal for true trolls.
Eric Henderson commented
If we want yahoo to do something we all should start to flag the troll comments and explain WHY we are doing so. I have been stalked by trolls who openly use fake accounts and return under a new name if banned. It is easy to point at yahoo and expect them to wave a **********.... These trolls are very clever and can only be stopped if we work together to identify them.
Leslie Ford commented
The only time I hear the term "Russian troll" is when some lefty doesn't agree with something somebody else said and can't respond intelligently with facts.
Russian or otherwise, I hate all the comments that go after the person who posted something rather than commenting on what they posted. The name-calling and slinging around of "----ist" has gotten out of hand.
Pardon me, It seems to me, when a post is disagreeable to far left or radical left yahoo users, they suffer from outrageous paranoia and proclaim the poster is a Russian troll. Yahoo users Big W, Mark Wilson, and karen have ALL replied to posts I've made, calling me a Russian troll. Because I don't agree with the radical lefts agenda is no reason to call names.
lets double our efforts in persecuting baptists and catholics.. we need to ban both groups from using yahoo,facebook
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!!!!!
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.
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
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?
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.
[Deleted User] commented
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
Jamie Lutton commented
Russian trolls a. urge us to hate and fear each other. b. spread lies and disinformation, like
''walk away'' (from the Democrats) a recent attempt to sway votes from Moscow. c. They
are very divisive on Yahoo, and cause a lot of anger and strive here.
Everyone's blood pressure would go down if they were kicked off.
They have foreign addresses, right? DO YOU JOB, YAHOO!
Its amazing how these days Americans with an opinion that differs from the left are all suddenly "Russian Trolls". I guess we really are in a " cold war" when people saw " Commies" everywhere... accused EVERYONE, and generally became insanely paranoid. Stop with the paranoia people... go get some counseling! Are there some Trolls that are Russian..yes. They have their idiots that go online and post the same as we have here in the US. NO COUNTRY is immune to stupidity. They are also not immune to trolls who go online and harass and annoy people. Every country has them. Trolls from South America ( Mexico, Guatamala, Panama, ect post on immigration issues. Yes, I have caught them. But theyre ok.. because they arent Russian. Oh and don't think for a second they weren't trying to influence the elections. They did their part too. But they agree with the left so shhhhhh... that doesn't happen!!
William Brown commented
the "news" should be neutral; Yahoo cannot get any more left... it is already so far left that it cannot change course. I am going to save a lot of time by not reading your left-wing, biased junk
It's the middle of the night US time. I just had a go-around with a foreign troll. English was perfect (too good), but his understanding of culture had breaks. He was clearly spreading false information and contradicting facts (something that Yahoo has reported on as a common anti-US tactic). When I called him on it he switched accounts and came back again. I called him out and he admitted it. Really, what is yahoo doing about Anti-American trolling. Google, facebook, ... are all taking serious measures as are European providers.
I can't believe this is ranked (currently 167th) so low on the suggestion page. It is a real problem. Some of the Russian bots have over 50,000 posts I've seen some with over 70,000
I've been here since 1998 and I have about 3000 posts. Which I feel at times is too many.
What is Yahoo doing about all the russian bots and trolls on here?
Ideal Living commented
This is a serious issue which needs to be addressed. Further, pro-Putin puff-pieces like, "Putin's Russia: From basket case to resurgent superpower" are quite literally propaganda.