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Sen. Warner Torches Twitter's Briefing to Investigators: 'Inadequate on Almost Every Level'

Sen. Warner Torches Twitter's Briefing to Investigators: 'Inadequate on Almost Every Level'”

Twitter on Friday revealed that almost 2,000 ads were placed on the messaging service in 2016 by a Russian media group suspected of trying to interfere with the US Presidential election.

The company says in a blog post that RT spent $274,100 on ads targeted to markets in the 2016.

Both the Senate and the House intelligence committees have invited representatives from Facebook, Twitter and the parent company of Google to appear at public hearings as investigations continue regarding Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

Twitter allows users to register anonymously and has more public accounts than Facebook.

In a blog post, Twitter said that RT - which the U.S. intelligence community in January said played a role in Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 USA presidential election - spent $274,100 running ads in the United States a year ago.

Twitter Inc. dropped a bombshell Thursday after disclosing it had shut down 201 accounts connected to a Russian misinformation campaign.

Reuters noted that Warner in remarks to reporters called Twitter's statements "deeply disappointing" and "inadequate on nearly every level".

Earlier, Facebook revealed then information that Russians had spent more than $100,000 on more than 3,000 Russia-linked #social media ads on its platform financed by fake accounts before and after the 2016 presidential election. Russian entities have also used Twitter's ad network to reach US citizens, the company revealed.

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

"Just as all the usual media organisations in the world do", Ms Margarita Simonyan was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency. He said Twitter failed to recognize the "threat it poses to democratic institutions, and again begs many more questions than they offer".

Twitter found an additional 179 related or linked accounts, and took action on the ones violating rules.

USA president Donald Trump took umbrage with Facebook's decision to share data with congressional investigators, saying the social network "was always anti-Trump".

Twitter did not respond when asked about the briefings.

A Senate aide said executives from the three firms had been asked by the Senate Intelligence Committee to appear at a public hearing on November 1. Moscow denies any such activity, and Trump has denied any collusion.

The meat of Twitter's new disclosure is its effort to cross-reference Facebook's list of 470 accounts believed to be linked to the Russian government.

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