TODAY: Twitter Speaks To Congress On Russia Probe

CNN reports:

Officials from Twitter will trek to Capitol Hill on Thursday to talk to congressional Russia investigators about how Russian-linked accounts may have used the social media platform to try to sway the 2016 election.

Twitter officials will meet behind closed doors with Senate intelligence committee staff to discuss Russian efforts to use Twitter during the 2016 election, as well as potential changes ahead of the next US election cycle.

Twitter is the second social media company to meet with the congressional panels investigating Russia’s election meddling, as Facebook also briefed the Senate and House intelligence committees. Facebook later disclosed it had discovered it sold $100,000 worth of election ads to Russian-linked accounts, which it has pledged to share with the congressional committees soon.

More from Politico:

A former senior U.S. intelligence official said the Russian use of Twitter is “consistent” with what U.S. intelligence agencies found in their election post-mortem, which concluded that hackers associated with Vladimir Putin’s regime had interfered in the presidential campaign. That includes “the methodology of using multiple different lanes in an information operations campaign,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of the investigation.

Twitter’s power to influence the news cycle makes it a convenient tool, people who have studied the social network’s role in the election say. “The fastest way to move a story from outlying media to mainstream media is to promote it on Twitter,” said Clint Watts, a counterterrorism expert and former FBI agent who has studied Russian influence campaigns. “All mainstream media is watching Twitter and it spreads organically from there to other platforms.”

  • Frostbite

    Lots of talk on who (Russia) and what they did, but I have yet to hear a peep about consequences for their actions.

    • Tawreos

      We won’t hear anything about it since it helped the party that is currently in power. Their voters will not even wonder what about the GOP the Russians liked enough to help them out.

      • Frostbite

        Exactly, so what is the point in all these investigations? Democrats don’t have the power (or let’s face it, the teeth) to actually do anything, and the GOP certainly isn’t going to give up their ill-earned gains. So this is nothing but a bad show. I want to change the channel already.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          I agree and presume that you’re ready to go to war here in America. I’m totally fine with that, and encourage it. The only thing holding this back for some is Mueller’s investigation, and the belief that something will be done afterwards. Otherwise, it’s time to put up, or shut up. Either we have a Democratic Republic, or we don’t.

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  • Rex

    Twitter, you got some ‘splainin to do.

  • Dramphooey

    The information will be worthless because they’re limited to 140 characters.

  • Tomcat

    Anyone that missed Rachael last night should know that Russia was up to their tricks in Facebook and Twitter as far back as the taking of the part of Ukraine a couple of years ago.

  • netxtown

    sorry – i think ‘tweeting’ is like sitting nekked on the top of a house screaming for somebody to notice.

    • Tomcat

      Tweeting reminds me of this type of commenting. Nothing good comes of it.

      • Silver Badger

        If you’re talking about JMG, you are wrong. Joe has hosted one of the only gay communities spanning the entire country. He has brought us together and empowered us to speak our minds without fear of censure.

        • ChrisMorley

          ‘spanning the entire country’
          … and north, central and southern America and Europe.

  • Treant

    I fully expect that, in 2021 or so when Trump is out and they figure we deserve to hear it, we’ll discover that the Russians actually did hack all the swing states, change votes, and the entire administration was completely unConstitutional.

    And nobody’s going to bother to safeguard the systems because, hey, that’s life, and the Republicans can filibuster any changes.

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    • Circ09

      2021 is too early. They will wait until the time limit runs out (30 years?) and the participants all all dead.

    • Danieruw

      And we’re stuck with all the “judges” he appointed…

  • Tawreos

    Will they ask Twitter why they will allow someone to use their platform that only gives out fake news and is trying to tweet us into a nuclear war?

    • Treant

      And who’s clearly breaking several of their terms of service?

      No, they won’t ask that. Republicans understand the difference between money and ethics; the two don’t often meet in their world.

      • Tawreos

        They only care when a democrat chooses money over ethics

  • OdieDenCO

    Patton was right. russia should have been taken down right after the nazi surrender.
    their aggression against and disdaine for democracy will not go away on it’s own.

    • Treant

      He was correct, but…I’m not sure America and Europe had the will for more years of war. America more than Europe, since it was late in and took almost no structural damage, but Europe was badly damaged and seriously de-industrialized.

      Although I suppose, having already leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we could have built a few more bombs and hit Moscow and a few other large cities until they unconditionally surrendered. Assuming we had the bomber range, I’d have to check.

      • OdieDenCO

        London to Moscow 2,500 Km. B-29 bomber range 5,230 km. but it is a moot point at best. you are right the world was weary of war. the big evil was defeated the little evil could wait for another day.

    • Tawreos

      Churchill wanted to as well, and that is pretty much what ended his first stint as Prime Minister.


    Guess I’m dumping twitter now. I’ve already kicked Facebook to the curb.

    • easygoingmister

      I guess I’ll consider same. Never had the Facebook, but I do use Twitter to scan headlines and keep up with the dogs and goats and cats and so on doing funny things.

  • bambinoitaliano

    But Twitter is still indulging the biggest Russian meddler in the form of that shit gibbon!

  • JWC

    The Thot Plickens