Twitter to notify 677775 Americans who interacted with Russian-linked accounts

0.016% of accounts Twitter catches a few more 'Russian trolls' as Congress-spurred hunt continues

The company found and closed an additional 1,062 accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency, considered a "troll farm" connected to the Russian government, Twitter said in an online update. So far, the company has identified more than 50,000 Russian-linked automated accounts, as well as almost 4,000 IRA-linked accounts. The company said it had discovered about 50,000 Russia-linked automated accounts that tweeted out some election-related content.

"Such activity represents a challenge to democratic societies everywhere, and we're committed to continuing to work on this important issue", it said.

In September, Twitter said it suspended approximately 200 accounts that were linked to Russia, and it followed that by suspending advertisements from media outlets Sputnik and Russia Today the following month. However, it has notified Congress of its findings and will continue to search for other activity that might have been overlooked.

677,775 people saw followed or retweeted one of these accounts during that same period, and are being notified.

Lawmakers and researchers say the St Petersburg agency employs hundreds of people to push pro-Kremlin content under phony social-media accounts.

Twitter has said that because it already has suspended the accounts, the content that is relevant is not publicly available any longer on the platform.

That Russia tried to use Twitter - and other social networks - to influence the outcome of the U.S. election is hardly news, but there has been an ongoing investigation trying to determine the scale of the operation.

Monje, along with officials from Facebook and Google-owned YouTube, testified before the committee about how Twitter is combating terror-related content on its platform.

The email and information on additional Russian-linked accounts come after Twitter last week failed to meet the deadline Congress gave the company to turn over information on Russia's use of the platform in the 2016 election.

Twitter also included a selection of imagery tweeted by the allegedly Kremlin-controlled Twitter feeds in its post.

Twitter said it believed that automated election-linked activity on some accounts was coming allegedly from Russian Federation. The service now blocks about 523,000 suspicious logins everyday.



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