Top Intel Democrat Blasts Twitter’s ‘Inadequate’ Presentation On Russia Propaganda

Chuck Ross Investigative Reporter
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The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee had tough words for Twitter on Thursday after representatives of the company met with the committee to discuss Russia’s use of the social media platform.

“The presentation that the Twitter team made to the Senate Intel staff today was deeply disappointing,” Virginia Sen. Mark Warner told reporters after Thursday’s meeting.

As part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential campaign, the Senate committee is looking into how Russian operatives used social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook during the campaign.

Facebook revealed to investigators earlier this month that a Russian troll farm had purchased $100,000 worth of political ads from the company over the past two years. And after Twitter’s meeting with Senate investigators, the company released a statement disclosing that it sold $274,100 worth of ads to the Russia-owned media outlet, RT.

Warner did not go into detail about what information Twitter provided during Thursday’s meeting, but he called it “inadequate on almost every level.”

“The notion that their work was basically derivative, based upon accounts that Facebook had identified, showed enormous lack of understanding from the Twitter team of how serious this issue is, the threat it poses to democratic institutions, and again begs many more questions than they offered,” he said.

Warner said that Twitter users “have the right” to know whether ads on the social media platform have been generated by foreign powers.


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