In a major move, Twitter will send emails to 677,775 people in the US to check whether they have Retweeted, Liked or Followed a Twitter account that faked like an American during the 2016 election.
“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. Because we have already suspended these accounts, the relevant content on Twitter is no longer publicly available.”– Twitter said.
Twitter has also detected and deleted 3,814 propaganda accounts linked to the Russian government during the election. These 3,814 identified IRA-linked accounts posted 175,993 Tweets, approximately 8.4% of which were election-related.
Earlier US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia conducted a sophisticated campaign intended to affect the outcome of US Presidential Election.
Apart from this Twitter has also identified 50,258 automated accounts, that were engaged in election-related activity originating out of Russia during the election period.
“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, representing approximately two one-hundredths of a percent (0.016%) of the total accounts on Twitter at the time.”– Twitter Said.
Twitter also said that it had shared the details of suspended account handles to Congress.
“We are committed to ensuring that Twitter is safe and secure for all users and serves to advance healthy civic discussion and engagement. Our work on these issues will never be done, and we will continue in our efforts to protect Twitter against bad actors and networks of malicious automation and manipulation” — Twitter said in a press release.