Twitter is preparing a Facebook-like analysis of Russian election activity for Congress

Twitter is preparing
to give Congress a report about Russian activity on its social media service during last year’s US Presidential elections, a top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Thursday.
Twitter’s report will be similar to the one Facebook provided to congressional investigators earlier this week which analysed the social network’s role in spreading misinformation, Senator Mark Warner said, according to a report in The Hill.

Facebook on Wednesday said it had found evidence that fake accounts “likely operated out of Russia” purchased thousands of ads during the US presidential election.

The company discovered roughly $US100,000 in ad buys between June 2015 and May 2017 “associated with roughly 3,000 ads” and connected to nearly 500 affiliated fake accounts.

Warner said that Facebook’s revelations could be the first of many, and also criticised the company for not acting sooner.

“I think we may just be seeing the tip of the iceberg. They had a fairly narrow search,” he said. “I’ve been raising this issue for months. They have dismissed this issue for months.”

Twitter declined to comment.

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