from: the Blaze:
Twitter’s executives take a turn in the hot seat for the Russian probe
Former Twitter CEO Richard ‘Dick’ Costolo gives an interview in November 2013 on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Twitter executives testified Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)
This is the next step in the committee’s investigation into social media platforms.
Russia used Facebook ads to sow political discord in the United States by advocating for the Black Lives Matter movement, according to a recent CNN report.
Twitter allows users to register anonymously and has more public accounts than Facebook. Many lawmakers have expressed concerns about the proliferation of anonymous “bots” on Twitter and their potential to spread misinformation, according to ABC News.
Did fake accounts impact the election?
Facebook has disclosed that Russians created fake accounts and ads that appeared to be the work of American activists to spread discord during the 2016 presidential election.
While skeptics say 3,000 Facebook ads were unlikely to have affected the election, new information about the Twitter “bots” and trolls may have had more impact on election results.