Russia Probe: Twitter has been called to meet United States intelligence committees

Senator Mark Warner, whose panel is investigating alleged Russian interference in the election, said Twitter officials had not answered many questions about the Russian use of the platform and that it was still subject to foreign manipulation.

Facebook has been under the spotlight for its role in Russia's United States election interference for a long time, so the social network might be relieved to find it's now Twitter's turn to come under scrutiny.

Twitter said that of the total 450 accounts that Facebook shared as their review, 22 had accounts on Twitter. It also found 179 additional related or linked accounts and took action against those that violated the platform's terms of service.

The adverts appear to be aimed at sowing political unrest and manipulate US voters during the presidential election.

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According to Twitter, RT News spent roughly $US274,100 ($349,067) on ads a year ago and promoted 1,823 tweets that "definitely or potentially" targeted Americans. Mark Warner, ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, who found it "deeply disappointing", CBS News reports. Mark Warner, called the meeting "inadequate on nearly every level".

Fake accounts and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of social media ads have been linked to a wider effort among the Russian government to sow divisions among Americans, CNN reported.

Facebook, Twitter and Google were invited to open hearings before Congress in November on the investigation of Russia's role in the election.

Twitter said it is too early to estimate the breadth of Russian-backed operations on its network, but it is taking active measures to combat the problem. Unlike Facebook, Twitter allows both anonymous accounts and automated accounts, or bots, making it far more hard to police the service.

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"This is an ongoing process and we will continue to collaborate with investigators", the company said in a statement. Facebook said 470 "inauthentic" accounts and Pages that "likely operated out of Russia" spent approximately $100,000 between June 2015 and May 2017 on 3,000 Facebook ads.

Twitter also briefed the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

It was unclear what Twitter was likely to say in Thursday's hearing, but the company is under increased pressure from lawmakers and the public to disclose what it knows about Russian activity.

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