Russian-linked Twitter accounts stoked National Football League anthem debate

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Lawmakers have also been calling for more information from Facebook, which last week agreed to provide the committee with the content of about 3,000 ads, bought by a Russian agency, that were aimed at stirring up divisive political and social issues.

Twitter said RT spent US$274,000 (S$372,000) past year on Twitter ads that may have been used to try to influence the United States election.

Trump's Twitter attack came as the giant social network faces intensifying scrutiny for Russia-linked advertisements created to help Trump's candidacy.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold its hearing on November 1, and their inquiry will mostly cover the roles Facebook, Google and Twitter may have on an alleged Russian meddling into last year's elections, according to Recode.

Of the 450 or so "inauthentic" accounts Facebook has shared through its own review, Twitter wrote Thursday, 22 corresponded with accounts on its platform.

According to Twitter, RT News spent roughly $US274,100 ($349,067) on ads a year ago and promoted 1,823 tweets that "definitely or potentially" targeted Americans.

It said the identified Twitter accounts were suspended mostly for breaking Twitter's rules against spam - that is, flooding the Internet with many copies of the same message or links.

"Twitter has revealed some monstrous information in Congress: we spent money on our ad campaigns".

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"Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process, which is a cornerstone for all democracies", the company said in the post.

Facebook said earlier this month that an internal investigation had found that groups with ties to Russian Federation had spent $100,000 on ads created to influence the attitudes of USA voters in the last Presidential campaign.

"By the way, similar campaigns are conducted by the American media in the Russian segment of Twitter".

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

Twitter executives briefed House and Senate investigators on Thursday during a closed-door meeting that lasted several hours.

Colin Crowell, Twitter's vice president of public policy, was among company representatives who met behind closed doors with Senate Intelligence Committee aides. "The notion that their work was basically derivative, based upon accounts that Facebook had identified, showed [an] enormous lack of understanding from the Twitter team of how serious this issue is, the threat it poses to democratic institutions, and again begs many more questions than they offered".

Social media companies like Twitter and Facebook have faced increased scrutiny around how they handle bots and the potential that their platforms were used to sow disruption during 2016. Moscow denies any such activity.

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