After it emerged that Russian-linked operatives bought Facebook ads during the 2016 presidential election to promote divisive tendencies among the United States public, Twitter announced on Thursday that it had uncovered a similar scheme within its own social network. All of those accounts have been suspended from Twitter for breaking the rules against spam.
Twitter added that it found another 179 associated accounts, but none was registered as an advertiser.
The company said in an online blog that it identified and removed 22 Twitter accounts which directly corresponded to some 450 fake Facebook accounts identified by Facebook as being tied to Russia's alleged election meddling.
Committee Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, has said he wants a full accounting from Facebook, which disclosed in September that Russians appeared to have bought about $100,000 in election-related ads previous year.
Last week, Facebook announced it would turn over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to the committees after it took down about 470 fake activist accounts that posted inflammatory content.
There were three accounts from Russia Today promoted 1,823 tweets that were potentially aimed at the U.S. market.
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Twitter shut down Russian-linked accounts only based upon work Facebook had already done to identify the users, according to the CNN.
Social media giant Twitter released a report about manipulative accounts on its platform after the company met with lawmakers Thursday on Capitol Hill.
Researchers at the Alliance for Securing Democracy have been monitoring 600 Twitter accounts they have linked to Russian influence operations. The Twitter's stance on long tweets for Trump comes even as the company now investigates how bots and Russia-linked Twitter profiles manipulated the service to affect the USA presidential polls previous year.
Twitter said some of the ads, or promoted tweets, aimed to deceive voters by telling them they could "text to vote", which has no basis in fact. "It'll be very interesting to find out how much they spend on it, who they target and for what goal".
Some new features will be coming out over the next few weeks or months that will help increase the detection of "spammy and suspicious activity".