Twitter Inc. now being dragged into Russia probe (details…)


Twitter is an important tool for President Trump. Without it, he would be shielded by a liberal media that wants his message to be kept from the general public.

Twitter was also a very important tool of candidate Trump. Without it, not only would he have faced that same shielding from the media, but he would have drawn less attention to himself and his “make America great again” campaign message.

That said, management from Twitter Inc. are expected to meet with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence next week regarding inquiries into the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to a company representative.

The committee, along with other congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller, is investigating possible links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Twitter’s meeting with the committee comes amid increasing pressure being put on regulators and Silicon Valley companies to open up the shadowy world of online political ads in the effort to prevent governments from using them to sway elections or attempt other meddling.

Confirming the meeting, Twitter reps told WIRED that they will speak with senators about the prevalence of bot accounts, as well as the widespread dissemination of fake news and misinformation, on its platform.

A Twitterbot is a type of bot software that controls a Twitter account via the Twitter API. The bot software may autonomously perform actions such as tweeting, retweeting, liking, following, unfollowing, or direct messaging other accounts.

“Twitter engages with governments around the world on public policy issues of importance and of interest to policymakers,” according to a Twitter spokesperson. “We are cooperating with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in its inquiry into the 2016 election and will meet with committee staff next week. Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process, a cornerstone of all democracies, and will continue to strengthen our platform against bots and other forms of manipulation that violate our Terms of Service.”

Earlier this month, Facebook said that a Russia-based operation spent $100,000 on thousands of ads that issued “divisive” messages before and after last year’s presidential election on its social media platform.

Since those revelations came out, Democrats have been pushing the Federal Election Commission to require transparency for social media advertising.

Russia continues to deny that it meddled in the 2016 election in which Republican Donald Trump pulled off a crushing defeat against Democrat Hillary Clinton. However, even eight months after the fact, Clinton and her comrades still doggedly persist in seeking to blame Russian influence for her loss and accuse President Trump of having “colluded” with Moscow officials in order to secure his position as POTUS.

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