Twitter bans ads from RT and Sputnik

Reuters

Twitter is the ban of two of Russia’s largest media buying advertising on fears, they have attempted to interfere with the 2016 elections.

The advertising ban from Russia Today (RT), and Sputnik, and all of the linked accounts, was “effective immediately”.

The american authorities say at the same time act as a platform for the Kremlin to e-mail”.

The social media giant a gift estimated at $1.9 m(£1.4 m) from points of sale in the search on Twitter to “civic engagement and elections”.Twitter promises more ad transparency

Twitter said that the decision “was based on the retrospective work that we have done around the 2016 presidential election in the united states and of the us intelligence community conclusion of the RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the government of the Russian federation”.

The statement, published on the social media platform-blog, continues: “We have not taken this decision lightly, and take this step now as part of our ongoing commitment to help protect the integrity of the user experience on Twitter.”

The decision has provoked the anger of the response of Russia, with the country’s ministry of foreign affairs, accusing Twitter of bowing to the pressure of the US intelligence services, claiming that the move was “another aggressive step” to block the Russian media in the united states.

He added: “retaliation”, according to RIA Novosti, the news agency [in Russian],

During this time, to respond to the allegations, RT deputy editor-in-chief Kirill Karnovich-Valua said that the decision “has never been involved in illegal online activities, and that it has never pursued an agenda to influence u.s. elections through all the platforms.”

His comments followed those of the RT editor in chief Margarita Simonyan, who has used Twitter’s own platform to accuse the social network of the push to “spend big” in the election.

Twitter is one of a number of companies eager to show that they can self-regulate after it was found that the Russian-backed groups have been operating from its advertising platform.

Russia has repeatedly denied claims that he interfered in the elections of 2016. US intelligence Services accuse the country of trying to influence the vote of Donald Trump’s favor in various ways, including through the dissemination of false news and hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) networks in order to undermine rival Hillary Clinton.

The allegations have triggered an investigation on possible links between the Russian federation and Mr. Trump, led by the special adviser Rob Mueller, a former director of the FBI.

Mr. Trump denies there was collusion.