Twitter tells US Congress it took action against 200 Russia-linked accounts


The House and Senate intelligence committees are also set to receive the advertisements as part of their ongoing probe into Russian interference in the election and into out how social media was used as a weapon. According to at least one committee member, the company came up short.

Facebook discovered 470 fake accounts that purchased more than $100,000 in ads, which were meant to spread divisive messages during the 2016 presidential election.

At the meeting, Twitter told investigators it found 201 fake accounts linked to the same Russian actors that Facebook previously disclosed, the company said in a blog post. 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. The company apparently found nearly nothing beyond that. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, said: "Soon". The Facebook account had generated 360,000 likes, which was more than the verified Black Lives Matter account on Facebook, which has a little more than 310,000, CNN said. The television network is not exactly the kind of covert operation federal investigators are after, however.

The Twitter post also said that company representatives told the committees that Russia Today, a news service that's been criticized as a propaganda tool of the Kremlin, spent more than $274,000 on advertising a year ago.

Social media company Twitter revealed that more than 200 of its user accounts were actually outlets for Russian-linked propaganda. Twitter is expected to appear along with Facebook and Google before both the House and Senate in hearings on the Russian influence campaign over the course of the next two months.

Facebook confirmed Wednesday that the Senate Intelligence Committee had made the request, while sources said Twitter and Google had also been invited by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Mark Warner, were not pleased with the company's testimony. Mark Warner, called the meeting "inadequate on nearly every level". "We've been fighting against these issues for year, and as long as there are people trying to manipulate Twitter, we will be working hard to stop them".

On Thursday, researchers at Oxford University published a study concluding that Twitter bots disseminated misinformation and propaganda at a higher rate in USA battleground states than in noncompetitive states during a 10-day period around Election Day in November.