Twitter said on Friday that Russian meddling before the 2016 presidential election was more widespread than it initially estimated and promised to inform service users if they were exposed to the propaganda associated with a trolley farm linked to the Kremlin
The social network said it had identified 3,814 accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, which was the headquarters of Russia's propaganda effort. In October, Twitter executives testified in front of Congress that they had foundaffiliated with electoral interference.
The accounts linked to the IRA published 175,993 tweets between September 1 and November 15, 2016, of which 8.4% were related to the elections, according to Twitter. The social network said it had suspended almost all accounts for violating its terms of service and had given Congress its identities.
The recognition comes as Twitter and other social networks face increasing criticism from Washington about the way their platforms were used by Russia in the run-up to the divisive elections. Earlier this week, representatives oftold Congress that the companies had learned important lessons during the presidential elections and promised more transparency in the future.
The UK government also asked Facebook to investigate whether Russia used it forbefore the country's vote on leaving the European Union, popularly known as Brexit.
Twitter also said it found 13,512 automated accounts related to Russia known as bots, software that is presented as real users: in addition to the more than 36,000 accounts that were previously disclosed. Automatic accounts represented two hundredths of a percentage of all Twitter accounts at that time, the company said.
Twitter had previously said that automatic accounts were responsible for 1.4 million tweets related to the elections that received 288 million visits.
Twitter said it will send an email to 677,775 users in the US. UU Those who liked or retweeted account messages linked to Russia to inform them that the accounts had disseminated misinformation or divisive messages. In the blog [publication Twitter said that the messages were no longer visible because the accounts had been suspended.
Virginia Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee for more transparency, tweeted on Friday who was encouraged to see Twitter take a more proactive approach. He has been one of the most eloquent politicians who uses technology companies to make them more transparent.
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Published for the first time on January 18 at 3:31 p.m. PT.
Update at 3:58 p.m. PT: Add more information about Senator Mark Warner's Twitter research and reaction.