Oct 26, 2017

Twitter bans RT and Sputnik ads amid election interference fears

Twitter is banning two of Russia's biggest media outlets from buying advertising amid fears they attempted to interfere with the 2016 US election. The social media giant will donate an estimated $1.9m made from the outlets into research on Twitter's use in "Civic engagement and elections". In a statement, Twitter said the decision "Was based on the retrospective work we've been doing around the 2016 US election and the US intelligence community's conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government". RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan responded by accusing the social network of pushing them to "Spend big" during the election. Russia has repeatedly denied claims that it interfered in the US elections.

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