Twitter's Russia briefings 'inadequate' - US senators

In response to Trump's tweet labelling the social network platform

In response to Trump's tweet labelling the social network platform"anti-Trump, the Facebook CEO shared a long post

In a statement released by the company on Thursday, Twitter said it carried out an investigation into over 450 accounts shared by Facebook after the social network conducted a similar investigation. Armed with this knowledge, Twitter says it found an additional 179 "related or linked accounts", against some of which it also took action.

Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called Thursday's meeting "deeply disappointing" and slammed the company for providing "derivative" information "based upon accounts that Facebook had identified". Alex Stamos, Facebook chief security officer, said at the time that the majority of the ads focused on "divisive social and political messages", including immigration, gun control or LGBT issues.

Last week, Facebook announced it would turn over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to the committees after it took down about 470 fake activist accounts that posted inflammatory content. Warner went on to say that Twitter's response is "deeply disappointing" and "frankly inadequate on nearly every level".

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"Their response was frankly inadequate on nearly every level".

Meanwhile, Google said that it was not involved in the alleged Russian campaign to influence the USA elections, but as per Buzzfeed, Google's automated ad-targeting system may have had a role in affecting the views of the public.

Twitter's blog post said that while the company won't be able to divulge every detail of information it gives to the United States government it will try to be as transparent through the process as possible.

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Warner pointed to recent reports that Russia-linked Twitter accounts may have been behind tweets inflaming both sides of the current NFL national anthem debate. And after the discussion of fake news, Russian accounts, and bots on President Trump's favorite social network ended, Twitter updated the public on its efforts to get to the bottom of the abuses of its systems. The company is turning over these ads to congressional investigators.

Twitter scanned its own database to see if it had accounts that matched.

Some new features will be coming out over the next few weeks or months that will help increase the detection of "spammy and suspicious activity".

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It didn't cite specific data, but Twitter also noted in its report that Russian Federation and Soviet-associated nations "have been a primary source of automated and spammy content on Twitter for many years".

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