Twitter finds hundreds of Russian-linked accounts
Twitter Inc. (TWTR) has found hundreds of accounts that have ties to Russian operatives, the company said Thursday in a blog post (https://blog.twitter.com/official/en_us/topics/company/2017/Update-Russian-Interference-in-2016--Election-Bots-and-Misinformation.html). The social network has linked just over 200 accounts to 470 pages and accounts on Facebook Inc.'s (FB) platform which have ties to a Russian troll farm that is charged with interfering in the 2016 U.S. election. Twitter also said that three accounts from the Kremlin-linked news site RT had spent $274,100 on ads in 2016, targeting U.S. followers of the "mainstream media" and mostly promoted RT tweets about news stories, the blog said. The company met with congressional investigators Thursday morning as a part of a widening probe into Russian interference during the 2016 campaign and how they used tech titans such as Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL), Facebook and Twitter. Bots also played a role in the election and Twitter said that it took action on thousands of tweets and accounts that attempted to suppress or interfere with voting rights, though these accounts did not have "obvious Russian origin" the blog said. Twitter stock is edged down less than 1% to $16.84 after hours. The company's shares are up 3.4% this year, as the S&P 500 index rose 12%.
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