First Facebook Now Twitter Another Layer Of Russian Meddling Unearthed.
Twitter just put the word out that Russia spent $274,000 on campaign ads during the 2016 campaigns. Twitter claims that RT, the Russian funded news organization, tried to interfere with US election and undermine the “Trust In American Democracy.”
During the last election, Twitter took down numerous tweets that were interfering with or minimizing voting rights. They also took down any posts that were misleading such as a fake text to vote for Hilary posts.
The Social Network Site added that it has yet to find any fake text to vote accounts link to Russia. It has turned all of its information over to Congressional Investigators.
With all the recent discoveries of Russian interference into the American Media, it is anyone’s guess as to what else the Russians have done in an attempt to interfere and weaken The American Electoral Process.
While the company detailed some steps it already takes to weed out these accounts, such as identifying suspicious log-ins, investing in software and security methods to stop bad content, the company has recognized it must do more.
“Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be rolling out several changes to the actions we take when we detect spammy or suspicious activity, including introducing new and escalating enforcements for suspicious logins, Tweets, and engagements, and shortening the amount of time suspicious accounts remain visible on Twitter while pending confirmation,” Twitter added. “These are not meant to be definitive solutions. We’ve been fighting against these issues for years, and as long as there are people trying to manipulate Twitter, we will be working hard to stop them.”
In a comment to Fox News, Russia Today Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said,“Twitter has just unveiled horrendous information in Congress – that we’ve been spending money on our advertising campaigns, just like every media organization in the world.”