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!
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?
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.
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
Russian trolls? I think you are drinking the cool-aid. Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't mean they are from Russia.
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
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
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?
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.
block ip's that do not originate in the u.s. and quit blocking our comments...
Are you relaly so dim you think anyone that disagrees with you is a Russian bot??
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.
. Spaznler commented
"...the armies of Russian trolls..."
Maxine Waters, is that you?
Walgreen's called Hal, your meds are ready for pickup.
Mark Wilson commented
Start monitoring Russian trolls on your comment boards. You're losing readers, like me