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Twitter reveals 200 accounts connected to Russian Federation

30 September 2017, 03:46 | Simon Arnold



Meanwhile, Twitter on Friday said that Russia-linked accounts did try to use Twitter to influence the U.S. presidential elections a year ago.

The Hill reported that Twitter representatives met with staff from the House and Senate Intelligence committees on Thursday to brief them on how Russian trolls and bots may have used the social media website to influence the 2016 election.

Twitter found 22 out of 450 Russia-linked accounts that also bought ads on Facebook.

"All of those identified accounts had already been or immediately were suspended from Twitter for breaking our rules, most for violating our prohibitions against spam", Twitter said.

It also found a further 179 accounts related or linked to those Twitter accounts.

Facebook said earlier this month that an internal investigation had found that groups with ties to Russian Federation had spent $100,000 on ads created to influence the attitudes of USA voters in the last Presidential campaign. USA intelligence agencies have said that RT played a role in Russia's attempts to meddling in the election.

That year, RT-affiliated accounts - including @RT_com and @RT_America - promoted 1,823 Tweets, which "definitely or potentially" targeted the US market, Twitter found.

Democratic Senator Mark Warner called Twitter's presentation "deeply disappointing" and "inadequate".

"Their response was frankly inadequate on nearly every level".

San Francisco: As the probe into Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election intensifies, Twitter announced that it has deleted over 200 fake Russian accounts and identified Russia Today of buying bought ads targeted at American users' accounts.

A Senate aide told Reuters that the Senate Intelligence Committee invited executives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google to appear at a public hearing on November 1. The men said the hearings will be held "with representatives from tech companies in order to better understand how Russian Federation used online tools and platforms to sow discord in and influence our election".

Twitter has said it will continue its investigations.

Of the 450 accounts that Facebook released as part of its investigation, Twitter was able to match 22 of those to accounts on its own site.

Twitter said that in the coming weeks and months it plans to roll out changes to the way it detects "spammy or suspicious activity" and will introduce new enforcement procedures.

Twitter said it is too early to estimate the breadth of Russian-backed operations on its network, but it is taking active measures to combat the problem.

Twitter's response comes as Congress is placing more scrutiny on technology companies to answer questions in the Russian meddling probe.

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