Twitter Suspends Several Fake Russia-Linked Accounts

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Twitter visited Capitol Hill as part of the House and Senate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

The ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee says a closed-door presentation by executives from social media giant Twitter was "deeply disappointing." Twitter visited Capitol Hill as part of the House and Senate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia says the information Twitter shared with committee staff was "frankly inadequate on almost every level." He also says the company appeared to not appreciate the seriousness of his panel's investigation into Russian election interference.

Warner says he wants the company to provide more information to his committee. The panel is probing how Twitter and Facebook were used by Russians to spread misinformation and propaganda during the 2016 presidential election.

The scrutiny of the social media networks is part of the committee's larger probe into Russian election interference and whether there was any coordination with Trump associates.

Twitter says it took action to suspend about two dozen accounts that were linked to fake, Russia-tied Facebook accounts were pushing divisive social and political issues during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The company says in a blog post that it found 22 accounts corresponding to about 450 Facebook accounts. The company says it also found an additional 179 related or linked accounts and took action on some of them that it found in violation of its rules.

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