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

Russians targeted race and other divisive issues with Facebook political ads

Russians targeted race and other divisive issues with Facebook political ads

Russian government officials have denied they used social media sites to meddle in the US election, and President Donald Trump has dismissed the allegations as part of a "hoax".

The above-mentioned information was also shared in the meeting.

The news comes after Facebook acknowledged foreign entities linked to Russian Federation paid to promote political messages on the leading social network, potentially violating United States election laws.

Executives from Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Google Inc. have been invited to appear at a public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on November 1 to discuss Russia's use of social media to influence the US election, according to a Senate aide.

In a statement released by the company on Thursday, Twitter said it carried out an investigation into over 450 accounts shared by Facebook after the social network conducted a similar investigation.

There were three accounts from Russia Today promoted 1,823 tweets that were potentially aimed at the USA market. "All of those identified accounts had already been or immediately were suspended from Twitter for breaking our rules, most for violating our prohibitions against spam".

Twitter today "proactively" shared with Congress a "round-up of ads" that Russia's state-run TV network Russia Today (RT) targeted to US users in 2016. "These campaigns were directed at followers of mainstream media and primarily promoted RT Tweets regarding news stories", Twitter said in a blog post.

The Russian government was linked to a "Blacktivist" account on both Twitter and Facebook that was meant to stoke racial tensions in the USA during the presidential elections.

Twitter Vice President for Public Policy Colin Crowell met with staff from the Senate's and House's intelligence committees on Thursday to discuss the company's findings. According to Warner, Twitter officials didn't answer many questions about Russian use of its platform. Additionally, Twitter found another 179 accounts.

Unlike on Facebook, Twitter said the accounts it identified were not registered as advertisers.

Twitter allows users to register anonymously and has more public accounts than Facebook.

Moscow denies any such activity and Mr Trump has denied any talk of collusion.

House Intelligence Committee Representatives Mike Conaway and Adam Schiff leading the Russia probe announced on Wednesday that they had called for representatives of the firms themselves to testify on the issue of Russian manipulation.