Twitter blocks 201 Russian-linked accounts

Twitter finds more Russian spooks with pro Trump accounts

Meanwhile, Twitter on Friday said that Russia-linked accounts did try to use Twitter to influence the United States presidential elections previous year.

Meanwhile, Colin Crowell, Twitter's Vice President for Public Policy, met with staff from Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in a closed-door meeting on Thursday.

Twitter said Thursday it disabled 22 accounts after reviewing information from Facebook Inc. showing connections to 450 bogus accounts on that company's social network.

Twitter added that it unearthed an additional 179 "related or linked accounts" with ties to the fake Russian Facebook accounts.

Twitter also shared details of three accounts linked to news site RT, formerly Russia Today.

A Twitter statement said the social media company shared data with congressional investigators about ads from RT, a television group with links to the Moscow government.

Facebook said weeks back that it sold about $100,000 in political ads purchased out of Russian Federation that were aimed at influencing the U.S. election.

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Some of the tweets from these accounts promoted anti-Hillary Clinton stories, the CNN reports.

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.

Warner in remarks to reporters called Twitter's statements "deeply disappointing" and "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. Twenty-two of those accounts were directly linked to a corresponding Facebook account and had already been suspended. "Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process, a cornerstone of all democracies, and will continue to strengthen our platform against bots and other forms of manipulation that violate our Terms of Service". Twitter says its systems catch more than 3.2 suspicious accounts per week (double the amount of last year) and 450,000 suspect logins per day.

Twitter pledged more transparency on what it is doing to take down bots and manipulative networks, saying, however, that there would be some components it could not publicly share.

The Senate and House intelligence committees are trying to understand the degree to which Russian Federation and groups allied with the Kremlin may have used such platforms to spread fake news stories and misinformation - and what the companies could have done to stem such attacks.

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