Trump-Russia: Twitter to brief Russia probe on ads

Washington: Twitter is expected to brief US congressional investigators soon on whether Russia used its advertising platform to promote divisive social and political messages during the 2016 election, Senator Mark Warner says.

The news came a day after Facebook said an operation likely based in Russia had placed thousands of US ads with polarising views on topics such as immigration, race and gay rights on the social media site during a two-year-period through May 2017.

Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Thursday said the suspected Russian placement of such ads may have gone far beyond what Facebook disclosed, and that Twitter and other technology companies should also examine the issue.

demographically micro-targeted digital ads“It was my belief that the Russians were using those sites to interfere in our elections, and the first reaction from Facebook was, ‘No. You’re crazy.'” Warner said at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance conference in Washington,

“I think what we saw yesterday in terms of their brief was the tip of the iceberg,” Warner said.

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