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Russian accounts poured $270000 in ads on Twitter during 2016 election

30 September 2017, 03:47 | Colleen Roy

REUTERS Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rejected US President Donald Trump's assertion the social network was against him

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rejected US President Donald Trump's assertion the social network was against him

Both committees have looked into how Russian hackers used social media platforms to spread misinformation using fake accounts and other methods during the election. 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 USA presidential polls previous year.

Twitter today "proactively" shared with Congress a "round-up of ads" that Russia's state-run TV network Russia Today (RT) targeted to USA users in 2016.

"These campaigns were directed at followers of mainstream media and primarily promoted RT Tweets regarding news stories", Twitter's blog post reads.

Furthering the investigation into alleged Russian meddling into the 2016 US presidential elections, the US Senate Intelligence Committee has called for top internet giants Google, Facebook and Twitter to testify about Russian interference in the elections.

"This is an ongoing process and we will continue to collaborate with investigators", the company said in a statement.

Twitter declined to share more information on the record.

Using the approximately 450 accounts that Facebook shared as part of its own review, Twitter says it found 201 corresponding accounts on its own service.

Reuters noted that Warner in remarks to reporters called Twitter's statements "deeply disappointing" and "inadequate on nearly every level". Facebook said earlier this month it discovered about $100,000 worth of ads from fake accounts linked to Russian Federation that ran during the 2016 United States presidential election.

US President Donald Trump tweeted his criticism of Facebook labelling the social network as
REUTERS US President Donald Trump tweeted his criticism of Facebook labelling the social network as"anti-Trump

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 USA affairs, state-run news agency RIA reported.

"Just as all the usual media organisations in the world do", Ms Margarita Simonyan was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency. Twitter suspended all accounts it found in violation of its rules, the company said.

Executives from Twitter, along with Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google were asked to appear at a public hearing before the Senate committee November 1, while the House panel requested them next month, according to aides from both committees.

Twitter didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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.

U.S. president Donald Trump took umbrage with Facebook's decision to share data with congressional investigators, saying the social network "was always anti-Trump".

Moscow denies any such activity, and Trump dismissed any talk of such collusion.

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