According to Twitter's September disclosure, RT spent $274,100 on 1,823 promoted tweets that targeted the US last year, though this tally included all ads, not just those dealing with election-related messages.
RT and Sputnik are both news organizations that are funded by Russia's government, both of which being decried as propaganda outfits.
Twitter Inc on Thursday accused Russian media outlets Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik of interfering in the 2016 USA election and banned them from buying ads on its network, after criticism in the United States that the social network had not done enough to deter worldwide meddling.
Twitter said the decision, which impacts "all accounts" owned by the two outlets, is effective immediately.
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In an announcement, Twitter said the choice "depended on the review work we've been doing around the 2016 U.S. decision and the U.S. knowledge group's decision that both RT and Sputnik endeavored to meddle with the race in the interest of the Russian government". 5 takeaways from Senate Russian meddling presser Trump: "America is truly a nation in mourning" MORE (Va.), told reporters Thursday that Twitter did not tell the committee during a private briefing last month, or at any other point, that it had made a pitch deck to persuade Russia Today (RT) to advertise on its platform.
The company said it's taking the $1.9 million it estimated it earned from RT global advertising since it joined as an advertiser in 2011 and donating it to funds that support external research into the use of Twitter in civic engagement and elections.
Twitter, Facebook and Google's general counsels are scheduled to testify in Washington D.C.in the House and Senate intelligence committees next week about how Russian involvement in USA elections affected their platforms. Zakharova also said that retaliatory measures will follow.
"The main idea pitched by Twitter to RT was "to take a stand".
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Twitter is cracking down on Russian media advertising via its platform.
"Nonetheless, you know, if we have foreign countries that are seeking to interfere in our elections, I think we need to take appropriate action in response", he said.
"And it would be much better to invest in teaching audiences in using information properly, to check information and be skeptical about sources of information". "But now Twitter appears to have admitted it", Simonyan said, to another state media agency.
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