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Tech companies to testify on Russian election meddling in US

Tech companies to testify on Russian election meddling in US

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.

Mark Warner, D-Va., criticized Twitter's information as merely a follow-up to what Facebook had already disclosed. The men said the hearings will be held "with representatives from tech companies in order to better understand how Russian Federation used online tools and platforms to sow discord in and influence our election".

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 USA politics.

Executives from Facebook, Twitter Inc. and Google will appear at a public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the coming weeks to discuss Russia's use of social media to influence the United States election, according to a Senate aide.

Among the around 450 suspicious accounts Facebook recently found in a similar review, Twitter found 22 had ties with accounts on its own platform.

Twitter disclosed that it has discovered about 200 suspicious Russian accounts and Media Group that bought advertisement targeted at USA audiences during the election.

In a blog post, Twitter noted, "Due to the nature of these inquiries, we may not always be able to publicly share what we discuss with investigators".

This development comes more than a month after Facebook revealed it found 450 profiles linked to Russian Federation that had spent roughly $100,000 on 3,000 ads.

The RT editor-in-chief yesterday said its purchase of ads on Twitter was standard commercial practice being falsely presented as Russian meddling, RIA news agency reported.

The House and Senate intelligence committees are looking into whether Russia-linked bad actors online helped sow divisiveness and spread misinformation online as part of a Kremlin-backed plot to meddle in the 2016 election. Twitter made presentations to Senate Intelligence Committee and House Intelligence Committee staffers on Thursday, and Sen. "Twitter is in dialogue with congressional committees with respect to investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 US election", Twitter said on Friday. The remaining 179 accounts - described as "related or linked" to the 22 accounts - were evaluated and some were suspended for violating the service's rules.

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

Twitter representatives will appear at a hearing with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, a person familiar with the matter told Business Insider.

Senator Mark Warner, whose panel is investigating alleged Russian interference in the election, said Twitter officials had not answered many questions about the Russian use of the platform and that it was still subject to foreign manipulation.


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