Congress Investigating How Russia Uses Social Media To Meddle In American Politics

Congress Investigating How Russia Uses Social Media To Meddle In American Politics

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.

The three companies are facing intense scrutiny from U.S. House and Senate intelligence panels as investigators focus on social media's role in Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. On Thursday, Twitter said the 22 accounts which were linked to the Facebook accounts, have already been suspended for violations of its terms and conditions of use.

Twitter added that it unearthed an additional 179 "related or linked accounts" with ties to the fake Russian Facebook accounts.

Twitter is taking a hint from Facebook and handing over information to Congress about accounts that may have been used for malicious purposes or for misinformation around the 2016 Presidential elections.

Facebook said earlier this month that an internal investigation had found that groups with ties to Russian Federation had spent $100,000 on ads created to influence the attitudes of USA voters in the last Presidential campaign.

Attempts by Russia-linked social media accounts to influence events in the U.S. apparently weren't limited to last year's United States election.

The Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was expecting more than it got from Twitter on Thursday (Sep. 28).

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"This is the tip of the iceberg", said the top Democrat at the committee, Virginia Senator Mark Warner, who has been pushing for such a hearing ever since.

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

Fake accounts and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of social media ads have been linked to a wider effort among the Russian government to sow divisions among Americans, CNN reported.

The House intelligence committee also announced Wednesday it would hold a public hearing with tech companies next month "in order to better understand how Russian Federation used online tools and platforms to sow discord in and influence our election". In the wake of a meeting with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators, the microblogging site has publicly revealed details of Russia's attempted meddling. Now Twitter has released a statement saying that out of Facebook's 450 or so identified accounts, Twitter found 22 accounts on its own service linked to those.

"Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process, which is a cornerstone for all democracies", the company said in a blog post.

Twitter said some of the ads, or promoted tweets, aimed to deceive voters by telling them they could "text to vote", which has no basis in fact. Twitter has submitted the evidence to congressional committees about those accounts.

Twitter said in its report that it will implement new measures to police "spammy or suspicious activity".

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