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Twitter reveals links to hundreds of Russian-backed bot accounts

Twitter reveals links to hundreds of Russian-backed bot accounts”

The revelations on Russian's interference in the 2016 election across social platforms have motivated calls for action by lawmakers to impose more regulation of digital advertising.

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

Twitter has identified and blocked 201 suspected Russian-linked accounts connected to the spreading of false information in last year's U.S. presidential election, the social network said Thursday. Additionally, Twitter found another 179 accounts.

Twenty-two of the Facebook accounts tied to the Internet Research Agency - and thus the Russian government - had corresponding Twitter accounts.

Earlier this month, Facebook announced that it had found Russian Groups spending $100,000 on ads on political issues before the US Presidential Election.

A few weeks ago, Facebook revealed the Russian Federation linked accounts that purchased ads on its platform during the US election.

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Twitter Inc. disclosed details about suspicious activity on its network during the USA election after it met with two congressional committees conducting probes into Russian meddling, but a top Democrat slammed their presentation as "deeply disappointing". In that year, the @RT_com, @RT_America, and @ActualidadRT accounts promoted 1,823 Tweets that definitely or potentially targeted the US market.

The company's presentation to the Intelligence Committee "showed an enormous lack of understanding from the Twitter team of how serious this issue is", Warner said.

"Their response was frankly inadequate on nearly every level", he told reporters.

San Francisco: As the probe into Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 USA 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.

Facebook, Twitter and Google were invited to open hearings before Congress in November on the investigation of Russia's role in the election. The company is turning over these ads to congressional investigators. Twitter said the 1,823 Tweets RT promoted were not in violation of Twitter's terms of service. And while there is no silver bullet, Twitter's improved detection systems now catch 3.2 million suspicious accounts globally per week. Representatives for Facebook and Google confirmed they had received invitations from the Senate committee but did not say whether the companies would attend.

Twitter's blog post said that while the company won't be able to divulge every detail of information it gives to the United States government it will try to be as transparent through the process as possible.



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