Monday, 19 November, 2018

Twitter to notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during US elections

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Doris Mccormick | 20 January, 2018, 06:28

Twitter has suspended 1,062 accounts that were allegedly linked to the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) and shared information meant to meddle with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In a blog post, Twitter said it has suspended all of the accounts for violating the site's terms of service and has handed over the accounts to Congress.

Twitter Inc, which is reviewing Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. elections, said on Friday it would notify some of its users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service.

Twitter on Friday said the number of Russia-linked accounts firing off tweets evidently aimed at the United States election in 2016 was more widespread than initially determined.

Twitter said it is sharing information about the accounts with Congress, where testimony late previous year by Twitter, Facebook and Google revealed startling new data showing many more millions of Americans were exposed to the fake news than previously thought.

"In total, during the time period we investigated, the 3,814 identified IRA-linked accounts posted 175,993 Tweets, approximately 8.4% of which were election-related", Twitter said.

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The analysis at Twitter also found an additional 13,512 automated accounts identified as "Russia-linked" and tweeting election-related content during that period, bringing the total to 50,258 accounts.

Twitter said it believed that automated election-linked activity on some accounts was coming allegedly from Russian Federation.

Twitter turned up a total of 50,258 automated accounts that have been linked to Russian Federation and tweeted election-related content, including 13,512 accounts identified since the hearings.

Twitter said it is working to improve its security so it can stay one step ahead of "those who would abuse it".

The company says it has also set up a process for rapidly escalating any election-related issues that arise, and will upgrade its anti-spam technology to address election-related bot networks.

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