Twitter Hands Over Russia Today Account Information To Congress
00:08, Oct 1, 2017
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In addition, Twitter says that post-Soviet states and Russian Federation have always been responsible for the majority of spammy and automated content on its platform.
Following its meeting with members of the Senate and House's respective intelligence committees, Twitter has issued new details on the information it is providing to aid the congressional investigations into Russia's potential interference in the 2016 US election. The Russia probe is also looking into whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with those efforts.
"Of the roughly 450 accounts that Facebook recently shared as a part of their review, we concluded that 22 had corresponding accounts on Twitter", the statement said.
Twitter said it shared data with congressional investigators about ads from Russia Today, which is suspected of spreading disinformation during the 2016 election campaign.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has summoned Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify at a public hearing November 1 about Russia's use of social media to influence U.S. elections.
Twitter on Thursday told a United States Senate Committee that a Russian state-funded media organisation had placed over 1,800 advertisements in 2016 in the run-up to the presidential election.
Twitter also briefed the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Thursday.
Twitter found an additional 179 accounts connected to those 22.
Some of the tweets from these accounts promoted anti-Hillary Clinton stories, the CNNreports. "However, we continue to investigate these issues, and will take action on anything that violates our Terms of Service".
Warner saidTwitter officials had not answered many questions about Russian use of the platform and that it was still subject to foreign manipulation.
"Their response was, frankly, inadequate on nearly every level", Warner said, according to Reuters.
Twitter scanned its own database to see if it had accounts that matched.
In the coming months, Twitter said it would make changes to how it responds to "spammy or suspicious activity".
Committee member Mark Warner, a Democratic senator from Virginia, said in a press conference after the briefings that Twitter's findings were "inadequate", according to Recode. "And there will always be tools or methods we can not talk about, because doing so would only help bad actors circumvent them", Twitter's blog post reads.
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