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'Blacktivist' Fake Social Media Accounts Tied to Russia, CNN Says

30 September 2017, 03:46 | Katrina Lee


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Social media giant Twitter is visiting Capitol Hill as part of the House and Senate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

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

Twitter also shared information on Russian news outlet Russia Today, or RT, which has ties to the Kremlin, according to USA intelligence agencies.

It also found another 179 related accounts and blocked those after determining they broke the site's rules.

Days after Facebook revealed that 470 Russian-linked accounts had bought 3,000 ads used to manipulate the USA elections or stoke racial or religious discord, Twitter investigated if there were any links with accounts on its own network.

A Twitter statement said the social media company shared data with congressional investigators about ads from RT, a television group with links to the Moscow government. Alex Stamos, Facebook chief security officer, said at the time that the majority of the ads focused on "divisive social and political messages", including immigration, gun control or LGBT issues.

Twitter said Russian media outlet RT, a state-funded broadcaster that is close to the Kremlin, spent $274,100 on Twitter advertisements and promoted 1,823 tweets aimed at the US market during the election year.

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Twitter executives visited both the Senate and House intelligence committees, briefing staff in closed-door meetings that lasted several hours.

"Their response was frankly inadequate on nearly every level".

Those ad buys topped the $100,000 that Facebook said it discovered on its network that were linked to a Russian propaganda operation during the 2016 election campaign, a revelation that prompted calls from USA legislators for more regulation of such social media advertising.

The hearing, scheduled for November 1, follows Facebook's disclosure that it had sold about $100,000 in ads to Russian troll farms connected to about 470 inauthentic accounts. The twitter's competitor gave a presentation at the beginning of September 2017. Sen.

About their fight during 2016 Presidential elections, Twitter removed "Tweets that were attempting to suppress or otherwise interfere with the exercise of voting rights", it said. "These are not meant to be definitive solutions", the company wrote.

Twitter, on the other hand, has shown to have multiple easily faked accounts and news items that allowed influencing of the public by alleged Russian operatives.

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