Disinfo: Twitter doesn’t confirm the Russian hackers’ meddling in the US presidential election

Summary

Twitter doesn’t confirm the Russian hackers’ meddling in the US presidential election.

Disproof

Twitter has suspended about 200 Russian-linked accounts as it probes online efforts to meddle with the 2016 U.S. election. www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-twitter/twitter-suspends-russia-linked-accounts-but-u-s-senator-says-response-inadequate-idUSKCN1C331G,

According to Twitter, "of the roughly 450 accounts that Facebook recently shared as a part of their review, we concluded that 22 had corresponding accounts on Twitter. All of those identified accounts had already been or immediately were suspended from Twitter for breaking our rules, most for violating our prohibitions against spam. In addition, from those accounts we found an additional 179 related or linked accounts, and took action on the ones we found in violation of our rules. Neither the original accounts shared by Facebook, nor the additional related accounts we identified, were registered as advertisers on Twitter. However, we continue to investigate these issues, and will take action on anything that violates our Terms of Service." blog.twitter.com/official/en_us/topics/company/2017/Update-Russian-Interference-in-2016--Election-Bots-and-Misinformation.html,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue83
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/09/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: election meddling, Twitter, Elections

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Disproof

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Disproof

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See:
www.venice.coe.int/webforms/documents/default.aspx?pdffile=CDL-AD(2014)002-e,
www.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/world/europe/crimea-ukraine-secession-vote-referendum.html,
www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/16/crimea-referendum-polls-open-live,
www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-crimean-tatar-un-peacekeepers/25317014.html,