Congress Asks Facebook & Google To Testify On 2016 Elections


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.

As his company cooperates with the ongoing investigation into a series of Facebook ads bought by dubious groups said to originate from Russia, Zuckerberg took the time to address his previous comments past year.

Twitter and Facebook testified behind closed doors at a U.S. senate intelligence committee on Thursday, as part of investigations on alleged Russian meddling with the November 8 USA presidential election.

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. All of those accounts, Twitter said, had been or were soon banned, usually for violating spam rules. Armed with this knowledge, Twitter says it found an additional 179 "related or linked accounts", against some of which it also took action.

Twitter declined to share more information on the record. "These campaigns were directed at followers of mainstream media and primarily promoted RT Tweets regarding news stories".

That year, RT-affiliated accounts - including @RT_com and @RT_America - promoted 1,823 Tweets, which "definitely or potentially" targeted the US market, Twitter found.

Sen. Mark Warner, Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member speaks to the media about today's committee staff members meeting with two Twitter officials

However committee members Adam Schiff and Mark Warner said they were disappointed by the briefing. He called Twitter's response to the alleged Russian meddling "inadequate on nearly every level".

Twitter, along with Facebook and Google, was asked to testify before the US Senate Intelligence Committee in the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the US election.

Twitter also reported details on Russia Today's ad budget on the platform.

Twitter representatives met with congressional Russian Federation investigators in a closed meeting on Thursday. "These are not meant to be definitive solutions", the company wrote. Already the company said it catches more than 3 million suspicious accounts every week, which is more than double what they were finding with their automated systems a year ago.

"The vast majority of ads run by these accounts didn't specifically reference the U.S. presidential election, voting or a particular candidate", Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said earlier this month.

"Congress and the American people need to hear this important information directly from these companies", they said.

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