When you have so much power in your hands, what do you do when you don’t know who you are writing to?
A new Reddit post on Tuesday lays out the advice given by the Reddit community, in an effort to help writers avoid being targeted by Russian trolls.
In a series of posts on Tuesday, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian and community director /u/Sawyer wrote that writers should “keep their mouths shut, and keep writing whatever they want” about topics that they are passionate about, while avoiding the more direct topics like Russia, Ukraine, or foreign policy.
The posts were prompted by the election of President Donald Trump, which has been a theme for many of the subreddit’s community members.
“The only thing I can do is to stay silent,” Ohanian wrote in one of the posts.
“I can’t say anything.
You can’t put a price tag on my head.
But the best advice I can give you is this: Keep your mouth shut, don’t let anyone know, and write whatever you want.
If you’re lucky enough to get a good writer to write for you, you’ll get something good.”
The post has received more than 6,000 comments from users on the site, many of whom commented with their own advice to keep quiet about topics they are deeply passionate about.
Redditors often express similar sentiments when discussing political topics, but the post from Ohanian was written with the explicit aim of addressing the issue of Russian influence.
The content of the post is peppered with memes, links, and other memes that can be easily interpreted as direct commentary on Reddit’s most popular content.
But it also contains many examples of Redditors’ own personal experiences with Russian trolls, which are often not as clear cut.
For example, Ohanian said:The post from Alexis Ohanand community director Sawyer on Tuesday addressed the issue that many Redditors have experienced with Russian influence on the platform.
“I’ve been a Russian troll for the past 10 years.
It’s a long story, but I can tell you how I felt,” one user wrote.
“One day, I was walking down the street, looking at a sign.
Suddenly, I saw a woman walking toward me.
She looked so young, I thought, ‘Why are you looking at this woman?’
I felt intimidated.
I tried to hide it from her.
She asked me if I was a bot, and I said, ‘No, I’m not, but my name is.’
I walked on.
She said, ‘[You are a bot].
Are you really that smart?’
I said that I was not.
I was only interested in the person.
She then said, [You’re] really smart.’
I said no, I am not.
Then she said, Why do you keep talking like this?
I said ‘Because you know that I am smarter than you are.'”
The post also details the number of times the two of them met with Russian officials to talk about topics related to the election, including the topic of Russian election interference.
“She also said that she was a Russian bot,” one Reddit user wrote, “and I could tell that she meant it.
She tried to play a joke on me by saying she was talking about me as if I were a bot.”
Another user wrote:”I’m not a bot.
I’m a human being.
I can’t pretend I’m some kind of robot.
The first thing that I wanted to do was talk to a bot and I could.
It was frustrating, but after a while, I understood.
I think it was because she was trying to scare me.”
While many Reddit users have expressed concerns about the possibility of being targeted, the Reddit moderators wrote that they “do not believe that it is necessary to protect the privacy of Reddit users.
As Reddit is a free speech platform, we believe that all communities have the right to express their views without being monitored.”
They continued:”We encourage Redditors to use their voice to help make the world a better place and to have a positive impact on the world, and we support all Redditors regardless of whether they have an account or not.
We also encourage Reddit users to contribute to our site to help us keep improving the site and our community.
As a platform, Reddit is the safest place for anyone to share, discuss, and learn about topics in the world.”
The Reddit community is also looking into how it can better protect its users from foreign influences, including Russian agents and trolls.
For example, the subreddit /r/pol has been working with Reddit to help Redditors and other communities counter Russian influence efforts, including by making it easier for them to share information and links with their communities.
Reddit has also been working to strengthen its foreign policy stance, following a series, including a series on Tuesday by Vice News, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and The Atlantic.
The US intelligence community has reported that Russia attempted to hack and interfere