Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., expressed disappointment Thursday after executives met with House and Senate intelligence committees to discuss Russian propaganda on Twitter during the 2016 presidential campaign. 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.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House and Senate intelligence committees are inviting tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet - the parent company of Google - to appear for public hearings as part of their investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, The Associated Press has learned.
Twitter said it had identified and removed 22 accounts directly linked to about 500 fake Facebook pages or profiles tied to Russian Federation and that it unearthed an additional 179 accounts that were otherwise related. Twitter's investigation revealed an additional 179 related or linked accounts, which also may have played a role in meddling with the election.
Twitter officials on Thursday briefed USA congressional investigators probing how Russian-backed internet trolls, bots and targeted ads may have been used on the microblogging site to influence last year's election. 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.
In response, Twitter said, "These are not meant to be definitive solutions. In that year, the three RT accounts promoted 1,823 tweets that definitely or potentially targeted the USA market", Twitter said. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, said: "Soon". Mark Warner, called the meeting "inadequate on nearly every level".
"Since the election Twitter says it has made several changes to make the platform a safer place for users and is looking to continue making it a better place for users who would like more transparency". Officials from Twitter are set to meet behind closed doors Thursday with Senate Intelligence investigators.
Twitter, Facebook and Google haven't yet said whether they will accept the invitations to testify publicly before both intelligence committees, according to ABC News. He said he also want to know the extent of Russia's use of Twitter and how much of the content was directed by bots.