The US Government Pressured Twitter to Ban Sputnik and RT Ads

Summary

The network Twitter demonstratively banned the accounts of RT and Sputnik from advertising. The decision can be only be explained by pressure from the [U.S.] government and intelligence services.

Disproof

While the findings of the intelligence community partially influenced Twitter’s decision, no evidence of any pressure from the government has emerged, and Twitter is a private company in an industry that has taken the public stance of resisting government pressures. Twitter’s statement says: "Early this year, the U.S. intelligence community named RT and Sputnik as implementing state-sponsored Russian efforts to interfere with and disrupt the 2016 Presidential election, which is not something we want on Twitter. This decision is restricted to these two entities based our internal investigation of their behavior as well as their inclusion in the January 2017 DNI report."

Further debuking: Polygraph.info

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  • Reported in: Issue 86
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/10/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: Twitter, Russia Today (RT), Intelligence services, Sputnik
  • Outlet: Vesti Nedeli @Rossiya 1
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Disproof

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Disproof

The letter is faked twitter.com/eu_eeas/status/924256888597962752.After, the European External Action Service published the debunk, the Foreign Ministry of Russia did the same.

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In a letter addressed to Konrad Szymański, the Secretary of State on the European affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini urges the Polish authorities to reconsider the position concerning the education reform undertaken by the government of Ukraine.

Disproof

The letter is faked twitter.com/eu_eeas/status/924256888597962752, . After the European External Action Service published the debunk, the Foreign Ministry of Russia did the same.

We have seen the use of faked letters in pro-Kremlin disinformation several times before, for example:on 21 February 2015, a letter signed by Swedish Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist appeared on social media through a Twitter identity of a well-known Swedish military affairs journalist. The letter, sent to Magnus Ingesson, CEO of BAE Systems Bofors AB, concerned the sale of weapons to Ukraine. On 2 September 2015, a letter signed by Tora Holst, head of the International Public Prosecution Office in Stockholm, was uploaded to CNN’s Istory website and later broadcast on Russian state television and pro-Kremlin media. The letter purported to concern an attempt to quash prosecution of a Swedish citizen for war crimes committed in Ukraine. The third letter, uploaded to Pressbladet, purported to be from Nada al-Qahtani, a female IS leader, to Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, and concerned a conspiracy from Sweden to send weapons to Islamic State via Turkey. www.thelocal.se/20170107/swedish-think-tank-details-russian-disinformation-in-new-study, . See also