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Trump calls Facebook 'anti-Trump' after it agreed to aid Russia probe

30 Setiembre 2017, 02:07 | Fidele Alvizo

A Russian media group with links to the Moscow government spent $274,000 in 2016 on Twitter ads

A Russian media group with links to the Moscow government spent $274,000 in 2016 on Twitter ads

Twitter was able to link the accounts it removed to Russian entities through an internal review of roughly 450 accounts shared by Facebook, the blog post said.

An explosive Washington Post report yesterday detailed how investigators in the US House and Senate intelligence committees, who are looking into claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, believe the ads were meant to disrupt the election in Trump's favour.

Committee member Mark Warner, a Democratic senator from Virginia, said in a press conference after the briefings that Twitter's findings were "inadequate", according to Recode. Mark Warner, called the meeting "inadequate on nearly every level". Twitter, for its part, said it supports "making political advertising more transparent to our users and the public".

Twitter, on the other hand, has shown to have multiple easily faked accounts and news items that allowed influencing of the public by alleged Russian operatives. RT spent $274,100 in US ads in 2016, according to Twitter, which said it was still reviewing its internal data.


The company also singled out Russian outlet RT, which the USA government has cited as a possible participant in Russia's election manipulation.

Last week Zuckerberg said his Silicon Valley company would hand over the Russian ads to congressional investigators.

The salvo prompted a lengthy rebuke from Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who said both Mr. Trump and liberals were upset about ideas and content on Facebook during the campaign. It says it tweeted reminders that votes couldn't be cast that way.

The charges are so serious that a congressional committee in the USA is investigation whether Russian Federation influenced the outcome in the U.S. presidential polls and in what way.


Some new features will be coming out over the next few weeks or months that will help increase the detection of "spammy and suspicious activity".

But Facebook recently found 470 accounts and more than 3,000 ads that likely have ties to Russian Federation. The statement didn't elaborate on how the enforcement would work. "We know there is a huge appetite for more transparency into how Twitter fights bots and manipulative networks".

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.

A day earlier, House and Senate intelligence committees asked executives from major technology firms, including Alphabet's Google, Facebook and Twitter to testify at a public hearing on November 1 about alleged Russian interference with the 2016 American presidential election.




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