Russian Federation used Facebook to exploit animosity over Muslims and Black Lives matter

Russian Federation used Facebook to exploit animosity over Muslims and Black Lives matter

Russian Federation used Facebook to exploit animosity over Muslims and Black Lives matter

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, however, said that trump will not be among the users who are testing the new feature.

Early findings from Twitter show that the Russia Today accounts spent $274,100 in US advertising during the 2016 election year and the accounts promoted more than 1,500 tweets that definitely or possibly targeted the USA news market.

And the paper says "there is evidence that Twitter may have been used even more extensively than Facebook in the Russian influence campaign past year". "Trump says Facebook is against him".

In a statement, Twitter announced it shut down 22 accounts linked to a Russian troll network, which also purchased suspicious ads on Facebook.

It said the identified Twitter accounts were suspended mostly for breaking Twitter's rules against spam - that is, flooding the Internet with many copies of the same message or links.

Twitter also handed over information about three Russia Today accounts that the United States intelligence committee had previously identified as accounts that had allegedly sought to interfere with the election.

Russian government officials have denied they used social media sites to meddle in the USA election, and President Donald Trump has dismissed the allegations as part of a "hoax". Twitter said, the RT accounts spent $274,100 to promote 1,823 ads aimed at followers of major media outlets and sought to promote RT's own coverage of trending news events. Twitter noted that none of the accounts were registered for ads on its platform.

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Warner called Twitter's disclosures "frankly inadequate on every level".

"Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process, which is a cornerstone for all democracies", the company wrote.

Warner said the platform needs to do a lot more in this regard, given that Twitter's presentation hardly answers the types of questions that the Senate committee has asked, notes the Financial Times.

In its revelation, Twitter focused more on the progress made on the Russian investigation since the election.

The company said that, over the coming months, it will be introducing new ways to detect malicious activity, although it did not provide specifics.

Despite Twitter's effort to deface bots and networks of manipulation on the website, Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, criticised the company's response as insufficient.

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