Published: Sun, October 01, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Twitter tells US Congress it took action against 200 Russia-linked accounts

Twitter tells US Congress it took action against 200 Russia-linked accounts

- Twitter, saying, "Frankly I don't think they understand how serious this problem is". He called Twitter's response to the alleged Russian meddling "inadequate on nearly every level". "There is a lot more work they have to do".

After becoming a target of congressional inquiries this week, Twitter released new details on Thursday concerning dozens of accounts that the company says are tied to Russian propaganda efforts during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Following Facebook's own disclosure, Twitter says that it has identified more than 200 accounts on its service that are linked to Russian Federation. RT spent $274,100 in US ads in 2016, according to Twitter, which said it was still reviewing its internal data.

The company also singled out Russian outlet RT, which the USA government has cited as a possible participant in Russia's election manipulation. The Twitter's stance on long tweets for Trump comes even as the company now investigates how bots and Russia-linked Twitter profiles manipulated the service to affect the United States presidential polls previous year.

Twitter, however, said it took action to shut down tweets that spread false voting information.

"We have shared examples of the content of these removed tweets with congressional investigators", according to the company.

Simonyan said on September 29 that RT's advertising purchases on Twitter were a standard commercial practice that was being falsely presented as Russian meddling in US affairs, state-run news agency RIA reported. "We've been fighting against these issues for year, and as long as there are people trying to manipulate Twitter, we will be working hard to stop them".

The intelligence committees on Wednesday asked executives from technology companies including Facebook, Alphabet Inc's Google and Twitter, to testify at a public hearing on November 1 about alleged Russian interference.

A blog post by Twitter said its vice-president for public policy, Colin Crowell, met with staff on Thursday from two congressional panels investigating Russian interference in the election process.

In August, Facebook claimed that a Russian troll farm with links to Moscow, had purchased $100,000 in political ads. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, told reporters he was "disappointed" by the briefing Twitter provided.

Twitter has said it will continue its investigations.

Twitter also added that Russian Federation and other post-Soviet states have been responsible for the majority of automated and spammy content on the site for many years.

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