A new report from the Senate Intelligence Committee highlighted that the Obama administration failed to properly warn and collaborate with Twitter and Facebook to fight Kremlin-backed trolls in the election Get involved in 2016.
The Senate report also concluded that the FBI's research on foreign influence on social media in 2016 was conducted "mainly by contractors" and not by the FBI itself.  The 85-page report released on Tuesday states that Russian employees of the Kremlin-led St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, who masqueraded as Americans on the Internet, "targeted advertising, deliberately fake news articles, self-created content, and social media used media platform tools "to pass on disinformation to millions of social media users in the US, to harm Hillary Clinton, to help Donald Trump, and to sow discord.
The Senate report noted that the FBI, in its efforts to understand Russian interference in Twitter, passed responsibility for data collection and analysis to a third party, indicating that the office was either lacking resources or looked at the office I work "so that I no longer justify an institutionalized view" and have contacted Twitter on termination of the election because of possible Russian disinformation operations on its platform. Twitter's General Counsel told the Senate Intelligence Committee that "Prior to the 201
An example of a pro-Russian network In October 2016, there were 13 Twitter accounts with more than 1.5 million followers, and four of the accounts had a "reciprocal relationship" with the Russian Foreign Ministry's social media employee, Sergey Nalobin, whose Visa renewal from the UK a year earlier had been denied its connection to a British political group called the Conservative Friends of Russia.
The FBI contractor stated that more than 70% of the tweets on the network contained links to websites outside the US media supporting the Trump campaign, as well as websites containing content from Russian disinformation pages or more covert links with the Kremlin , The Russian accounts specifically promoted WikiLeaks' US election news and emailed Democrats. In addition, they spread allegations of electoral fraud.
Following pressure from the Senate Intelligence Committee following the 2016 election and after an internal investigation, Twitter informed the Senate at the end of 2017 that the Internet Research Agency had created 10.4 million tweets on 3,841 Twitter accounts.
Facebook informed the Senate that in 2016 it reported to law enforcement officials interventions by Russian actors who "subsequently provided useful feedback". However, the Senate said the FBI did not establish proactive communication with the social network.
Facebook provided the Senate with information indicating that the Internet Research Agency had created 81 Facebook pages, including about 61,500 posts and 3,393 ads. There were nearly 116,000 Instagram posts on 133 Instagram accounts. Google informed the Senate that the Internet Research Agency has created around 1,100 YouTube videos on a total of 43 hours on 17 channels.
The report concluded that federal efforts to find and combat foreign influence in social media have improved since the last presidential election. Twitter told the Senate that the company maintains relationships with relevant law enforcement agencies such as the FBI's Foreign Influence Task Force and the Homeland Security Election Security Task Force, and Facebook informed the committee that it is now working with the FBI's Counterintelligence Division and the The National Security Division of the DOJ also co-operates with the Homeland Security, the FBI, and state secretaries of state to track and stop the information operations.
The report is the second volume of years of Senate Intelligence Committee efforts to uncover the full extent of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The first volume, released in July, concluded that Russian activists had attempted to invade all 50 states, although there was no evidence that votes had been changed.
This in-depth look at Russia's social media efforts by the Senate coincided with the conclusions of Special Envoy Robert Müller and the intelligence services that the Russian military intelligence service was responsible for hacking e-mails from the Democratic National Committee and handing them over to the stolen Records for distribution to WikiLeaks.