Steve Huffman CEO, Reddit, delivers remarks on 'Redesigning Reddit' during the third day of Web Summit in Altice Arena on November 08, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: Horacio Villalobos - Corbis/Getty Images

Though it's largely remained outside the spotlight on this topic, Reddit said on Monday that Russian propaganda related to the last presidential election was shared by at least "thousands" of U.S. users.

"[F]rom everything we can tell, these users are mostly American, and appear to be unwittingly promoting Russian propaganda ... I believe the biggest risk we face as Americans is our own ability to discern reality from nonsense, and this is a burden we all bear. I wish there was a solution as simple as banning all propaganda, but it’s not that easy."
— CEO Steve Huffman in a Reddit post.

Why it matters: Congressional investigators are seeing more information from Reddit as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the Washington Post reports.

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  • Huffman says all ads from Russia are blocked and that most of the few submitted before or after the election were for spam or initial coin offerings.
  • "We have found and removed a few hundred accounts, and of course, every account we find expands our search a little more," writes Huffman. "The vast majority of suspicious accounts we have found in the past months were banned back in 2015–2016 through our enhanced efforts to prevent abuse of the site generally."

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Republicans, win or lose next week, face a big — and growing — math problem.

The state of play: They're relying almost exclusively on a shrinking demographic (white men), living in shrinking areas (small, rural towns), creating a reliance on people with shrinking incomes (white workers without college degrees) to survive.

Right-wing misinformation machine could gain steam post-election

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With less than a week until the 2020 election, researchers have expressed concern that the information ecosystem today is ripe for an unprecedented level of exploitation by bad actors, particularly hyper-partisan media and personalities on the right.

Why it matters: The misinformation-powered right-wing media machine that fueled Donald Trump's 2016 victory grew stronger after that win, and it's set to increase its reach as a result of the upcoming election, whether Trump wins or loses.