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Twitter issues report on phony accounts, spam after Congress meeting

Twitter issues report on phony accounts, spam after Congress meeting”

Meanwhile, Twitter on Friday said that Russia-linked accounts did try to use Twitter to influence the United States presidential elections previous year.

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 said on Thursday it had suspended about 200 Russian-linked accounts as it probes online efforts to meddle with the 2016 USA election, but an influential Democratic senator slammed its steps as insufficient. Twitter suspended all accounts it found in violation of its rules, the company said.

After Facebook's self-declaration, now Twitter has announced that it had found 201 Russian Federation linked accounts.

Twitter, like Facebook, is being examined for its part in spreading content created or paid for by Russian state-sponsored entities with the desire to influence US politics.

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 USA presidential election.

However committee members Adam Schiff and Mark Warner said they were disappointed by the briefing.

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

Earlier, Facebook revealed then information that Russians had spent more than $100,000 on more than 3,000 Russia-linked #social media ads on its platform financed by fake accounts before and after the 2016 presidential election.

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google executives will next attend a November 1 public hearing by both congressional committees to further examine Russian use of the social media platforms in the 2016 campaign.

The Russian-linked accounts were not registered as advertisers, Twitter said, but it promised to continue investigating the situation.

"Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process, which is a cornerstone for all democracies", the company said in a blog post. But that meeting reportedly failed to impress Sen.

Users, lawmakers and technology analysts have long criticised Twitter as too lax in policing fake or abusive accounts.

A Twitter statement said the social media company shared data with congressional investigators about ads from RT, a Kremlin-backed media outlet. It did not say, however, how many of those accounts have ties to the Russian government, or describe any attempts it has made to find out.



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