Twitter to notify 677775 Americans who interacted with Russian-linked accounts

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Following Facebook's initial disclosure, Twitter revealed that it had found some troublesome Russia-linked accounts on its own platform.

"Consistent with our commitment to transparency, we are emailing notifications to 677,775 people in the United States who followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked a Tweet from these accounts during the election period", Twitter conveniently announced on Friday afternoon, Pacific Time, when basically no one in the West would be paying any attention.

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Those tweets were amplified by an additional 50,258 "automated accounts", Twitter added, noting the propaganda they spread "represents a challenge to democratic societies everywhere".

Twitter is sending emails to 677,775 people in the USA - letting them know they may have retweeted, followed, or liked a propaganda account linked to the Russian government during the election.

The company shared some examples of the types of posts these accounts made, all of them political in nature.

In addition to other findings, Twitter said it discovered 13,512 accounts engaged in what it believed to be "automated, election-related activity originating out of Russian Federation", bringing the total number of such accounts to 50,258.

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Some U.S. lawmakers have been urging social media firms, including Twitter and Facebook, to alert their users if they were potentially exposed to Russian propaganda.

The #releasethememo Twitter cloudburst also appears to be a microcosm of what USA intelligence officials say are Kremlin efforts to fan political divisions in the United States after having meddled in the 2016 presidential election, according to a declassified January 2017 US intelligence assessment. The IRA was reportedly operating on orders from the Russian government.

Twitter revealed the finding on Friday. And Google disclosed for the first time that it had found 1,108 videos with 43hours of content related to the Russian effort on YouTube.

Twitter now believes that there were a total of 3,814 accounts associated with the IRA, which posted a total of 175,993 tweets.

Since beefing up its pravda-radar tools, Twitter said it detected about 523,000 automated login attempts to its service every day.

The social media platform said 677,775 U.S. users followed, retweeted or liked a tweet from accounts associated with the IRA during the election period.

Twitter also handed over information to Congress on automated, election-related activity coming from Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.

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