Twitter Suspends More Than 1000 Accounts Allegedly Linked to Russian IRA Agency


Twitter said it will email 677,775 users in the US who liked or retweeted messages from Russian-linked accounts to let them know the accounts had spread misinformation or divisive messages, CNET reports.

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 says it has followed through on its commitment to Congress by identifying and suspending more than 50,000 automated accounts linked to Russian agents - and alerting 677,775 Twitter users in the USA who followed those accounts, or retweeted or liked their postings. "However, any such activity represents a challenge to democratic societies everywhere, and we're committed to continuing to work on this important issue", Twitter said.

Twitter announced Friday that it has suspended more than 1,000 new accounts linked to Russian-controlled accounts which shared information meant to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

The blog post shared some examples of the tweets that may have found their way into some users' feeds during that time.

Twitter also found 13,512 Russian-related accounts that tweeted out 50,258 posts during the election period.

The companies said they were taking necessary steps to rid their platforms of disinformation, propaganda and provocation.

President Trump and his aides deny any collusion with the Russian influence campaign, which is the subject of two congressional investigations as well as a probe by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Ahead of the midterm elections, Twitter said it will verify major candidates for office and major political parties, improve the company's anti-spam technology and monitor spikes in election conversations that could have been manipulated. The top Democrat on the US House of Representatives intelligence committee on Friday praised Twitter's move and urged technology companies to keep looking into abuse of their platforms by Russian Federation during the 2016 elections.