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Twitter notifies users about Russian propaganda
12:06, 2 February 2018
Twitter notifies users about Russian propaganda

About 1.4 million users followed the accounts potentially related to the Internet Research Agency, the Russian government-funded entity

12:06, 2 February 2018

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Twitter sent notifications to 1.4 million users that followed the accounts possibly related to the Russian information aggression against the U.S. in autumn 2016. This was mentioned in the official blog of the social network.

'We have expanded the number of people notified about interactions with Twitter accounts potentially connected to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked organization known as the Internet Research Agency. Our notice efforts are focused on certain types of interactions, and they will not encompass every person that ever saw this content. Our goal in providing these notifications is to advance public awareness of and engagement with the important issues raised in our blog post, and provide greater transparency to our account holders and the public', the blog says.

Related: Russia to attempt to interfere in American election in November, - CIA

'When we appeared before the United States Congress last fall, Twitter publicly committed to regularly updating both congressional committees and the public on findings from our ongoing review into events surrounding the 2016 U.S. election. Twitter is committed to providing a platform that fosters healthy civic discourse and democratic debate. We have been cooperating with congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election,' the post goes on.

In October 2016, the U.S. government has officially accused Russia of hacking servers of U.S. political parties - and the interference into the presidential campaign in the States. According to the U.S. intelligence, it was Russian leader Vladimir Putin who personally ordered to interfere.

Related: Trump ready to testify on Russia’s interference in 2016 presidential election

80,000 posts appeared since June 2015 till August 2017; most of them focused on splitting the U.S. society in terms of views of essential social and political issues, such as ethnic or racial equality and firearms possession.   

Managers of Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet testified before three Committees of the U.S. Congress, commenting on Russia's attempts to spread misinformation before and after 2016 U.S. elections.  

Related: Russia denies its interference in US elections

Related: Google and Twitter didn't find Russian intervention in US regional elections

Related: Twitter found another few thousand accounts with Russian propaganda

Related: NATO: 60% of Russian-language Twitter profiles are bots

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