How Twitter and Facebook can influence US Politics

Twitter and Facebook

Amid the pressure, Twitter revealed that, from Russia, the company was paid 1823 tweets related to the last US elections that left Donald Trump as president.

Social networks have been sitting in the dock for months since the Russian interference scandal erupted in the last US election.

The controversy began months ago, when the meetings that the ex-fiscal Jeff Sessions held with the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak, came to light.

The US Congress, as well as a special prosecutor, are investigating possible Russian interference in the election, which could even jeopardize the president’s position. “Russiagate,” they called it.

That was how it began to sound in the environment that social networks had been instrumental in Russian political propaganda. “I do not want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy,” said Mark Zuckerberg, to announce that he would cooperate with the US Congress in the investigation, not without first declaring that it is not usually the pattern that Facebook reveals contents that its users have shared only with them.

Now, Twitter reported Thursday that Russian media, accused by Washington of wishing to influence the 2016 presidential election, had financed more than 1,800 promotional tweets last year.

Russia Today (RT) “spent $ 274,000 on sponsored content in the United States in 2016,” Twitter said Thursday on its official blog.

The three Twitter accounts of Russia Today “promoted 1,823 tweets that were probably or directed to the US market. These campaigns targeted subscribers of traditional media accounts and essentially presented this related to the current situation,” the San Francisco.

Facebook had revealed the detection of accounts activated from Russia that would have served to publish messages of political character through the purchase of advertising spaces in that social network.

Under pressure, Facebook said last week it would provide the US Congress with the content of those messages.

Twitter said he shared this information with the Senate and House of Representatives’ commissions of inquiry, which heard one of his envoys on Thursday.

Moscow has repeatedly denied trying to influence the US electoral process.

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