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Twitter finds 200 accounts tied to Russian-linked Facebook profiles

TWITTER FINDS 200 ACCOUNTS TIED TO RUSSIAN-LINKED FACEBOOK PROFILES

The social media giant Twitter said Thursday it has provided congressional investigators with a "roundup" of ads from accounts used by Russia's state-sponsored television network, Russia Today (RT).

The company said in a blog post that RT spent $274,100 on ads targeted to markets in the U.S. during 2016. Twitter provided the ads to investigators during closed-door meetings with the staff of the Senate and House intelligence committees.

Twitter also found nearly 200 accounts linked to the same Russian-backed pages that paid for ads on Facebook in bid to stir up political disagreements in the wake of 2016 presidential election.

Earlier this month, another social media giant Facebook revealed that more than 450 Russian-linked accounts purchased 3,000 ads, many of which aimed to cause racial or religious tensions between users.

According to Twitter's investigation, 22 accounts matched those among 470 profiles found by Facebook. All of them were immediately suspended.

The committees have been investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and any possible coordination with Trump associates. They have specifically been looking at Twitter and Facebook and their roles in the spread of misinformation and propaganda during the election.

Twitter said the ads it provided came from three handles used by RT. Most tweets from the accounts promoted news stories.

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