Twitter has told the US Congress that 22 of the false accounts found match that of 470 who sold more than 3,000 ads on Facebook.
Twitter has appeared on Thursday 28 September in front of the US Congress to say that Russia would have used 200 false accounts to disseminate information on the social network during the campaign of the presidential elections of 2016.
Of these 200 accounts, 22 match the 470 found by Facebook. In its case, the social network found more than 3,000 political announcements linked to these accounts, which will be shared with the United States Congress.
Twitter claimed that the 200 fake profiles allegedly linked to the Kremlin were not identified as advertisers, and that most were shortly blocked for violating spam standards. The company announced in a statement that it will continue to avoid tampering attempts “including automated malicious accounts and spam, as well as other activities that violate our terms of service.”
At the meeting with the House of Representatives, Twitter’s public policy vice president Colin Crowell also provided copies of the tweets that were sponsored by Russia Today (RT) news channel. According to Twitter, the Kremlin-backed media spent more than $ 270,000 on US ads in 2016, although their social network accounts are not among the 200 identified as fake.
Twitter stressed that they are still struggling to avoid bots or false accounts as allegedly has happened to Russia and pretend that this process is transparent to users:
We will do our best to keep you informed of both our findings on these specific issues and, more broadly, our efforts to combat bots, spam and malicious information networks on Twitter.
According to the social network, its automated systems have managed to identify more than 3.2 million suspicious accounts per week, more than double that of last year.
Twitter’s statement at the Congress came a day after the Senate Intelligence Committee invited Google, Facebook and Twitter to attend a session to get more information about the alleged Russian interference in the presidential election that gave the victory to Donald Trump in November 2016.