Twitter could notify customers uncovered to Russian…

Twitter could notify customers uncovered to Russian…

Twitter could notify customers uncovered to Russian…

Twitter will individually email each of the 677,775 people who followed or retweeted a compromised account operated by or set to retweet posts from the Russian "troll farm" known at the time as the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the company said.

"However any such activity represents a challenge to democratic societies everywhere, and we're committed to continuing to work on this important issue", the company wrote a blog post.

Twitter also said it is emailing notifications to nearly 670,000 people in the U.S. who followed, retweeted, or "liked" posts from any of those suspect accounts during the election period. This is a continuation of the investigation that started a year ago, and Twitter says that "through our supplemental analysis, we have identified 13,512 additional accounts, for a total of 50,258 automated accounts that we identified as Russian-linked and Tweeting election-related content during the election period".

In the blog post, Twitter gave some updated figures pertaining to how many accounts there were operating on its website directly linked to the IRA. The number of troll accounts is 3,814 - every one of those over 677,000 people interacted with over 3,800 Russian government-linked accounts during the election period. On Friday, it now says the total is 3,814.

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In a bid to remedy the damage, the company said it intends to notify some 670,000 users who engaged with any content posted by the accounts in question. According to the micro-blogging site, 50,258 Russian-related accounts were posting message on the presidential vote during the USA electoral period.

Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the network would seek to "prioritise news that is trustworthy, informative, and local".

In a statement published Friday, the company said it found and suspended more automated Russia-based accounts and accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency. It was created to look like it was run by the Tennessee Republican Party. Though the hearing focused on extremists' use of Twitter as well as Facebook's and YouTube's platforms, lawmakers also grilled Twitter on how its platform was used by Russians during the 2016 campaign.

Twitter said it now detects and blocks approximately 523,000 suspicious logins daily for being generated through automation.

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