Russian-linked accounts bought ads worth of $270,000 on Twitter during the 2016 election. Twitter handed over details to Congress on September 28, 2017.
The California-headquartered tech giant released a statement on its blog amid senate investigations on Russia’s interference in U.S. elections. The matter also raised the need for stronger regulation in the micro-blogging site.
The firm outlined accounts affiliated with Russia Today promoted more than 1,800 tweets during the period. Russia Today has strong links to Russian government. These tweets were “definitely or potentially targeted the U.S. market,” said company in a statement.
Twitter found 22 out of 450 Russia-linked accounts that also bought ads on Facebook. Moreover, there were 179 accounts linked to those 22, which the company has already suspended.
The social media giant said in a statement that the firm is concerned about violations of their Terms of Service and U.S. law in accordance to interference in the exercise of voting rights. The company removed Tweets which attempted to suppress or interfere with the exercise of voting rights. Those tweets also included the right to have a vote counted through circulation of intentionally misleading information.
Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia and lead investigator of Russia’s influence on the election through American social media, was not content with presentation of Twitter.
He expressed his displeasure stating that the presentation of twitter was a derivative of presentation of Facebook. The twitter’s competitor gave a presentation at the beginning of September 2017. Sen. Warner pointed out the briefing of Twitter was inadequate and lacked thoroughness.
Twitter stated that the company will continue to cooperate with official enquiries and share updates publicly as soon as possible.