Kremlin Assails Twitter Move To Ban Ads From Two Russian Media Outlets

Kremlin Assails Twitter Move To Ban Ads From Two Russian Media Outlets

Kremlin Assails Twitter Move To Ban Ads From Two Russian Media Outlets

Twitter, Google and Facebook are scheduled to testify at congressional hearings next week on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"It is based on the work back that we have done around the american election of 2016 and the conclusion to which arrived the us intelligence services that both RT that Sputnik have attempted to interfere with the election for the account of the Russian government", said Twitter in a statement.

"From now, Twitter is not interesting for me, and I cease to use its services", Konstantin Kosachev said as quoted by RT broadcaster.

"This decision was based on the retrospective work we've been doing around the 2016 USA election and the USA intelligence community's conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government", Twitter wrote in a blog post.


RT reacted with a blog post of its own, claiming that Twitter pushed the network for "a large ad buy" for the election, but the channel declined the offer.

"Retaliatory measures will naturally follow". She called the move a "result of pressure from some of the US establishment and security services". "But now Twitter appears to have admitted it", Simonyan told RIA Novosti, via RT. "This is highly regrettable. It is particularly regrettable that now United States media operating in Russia will feel the tender response of the Russian authorities".

Twitter also announced a new arm this week called the Advertising Transparency Center, which will provide Twitter users with more information about the advertisements they're seeing, why they're seeing them, and tools to provide feedback. As a outcome, RT and Sputnik may no longer purchase advertising on the site, although their accounts will not be suspended.

Twitter also said they would use any projected earnings from RT Global advertising - an estimated €1.62 million ($1.9 million) - to fund research into how automation, civic engagement and misinformation on Twitter are used in elections.

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