Twitter bans RT and Sputnik ads amid election interference fears
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Twitter forbids the two largest media in Russia to buy advertising amid fears that they were trying to intervene in the 2016 elections in the United States.
The ban on advertising from Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik and all related accounts were "effective immediately".
The US authorities say that they both act as "a platform for exchanging messages in the Kremlin."
The giant of social networks will donate approximately $ 1.9 million ($ 1.4 million), which were made from outlets, to research on the use of Twitter in "civic participation and elections."
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Twitter said the decision "was based on the retrospective work we conducted around the US elections in 2016, and the withdrawal of the American intelligence community that both RT and Sputnik were trying to intervene in the elections on behalf of the Russian government."
In a statement posted on the social networking platform blog, continued: "We have not come to this decision easily and are now taking this step as part of our continued commitment to protecting the integrity of the user interface on Twitter."
This decision aroused an angry response in Russia when the country's foreign ministry accused Twitter of leaning towards pressure from the US intelligence services, saying that the move was "another aggressive step" aimed at blocking Russian media in the United States.
He added that "retaliatory measures" will follow, RIA Novosti reports,
Meanwhile, answering the accusations, deputy chief editor of the Republic of Tatarstan Kirill Karnovich-Valois said that the exit "was never involved in any illegal activity on the Internet and that he never held an agenda affecting the elections in the US on any platforms" .
His comments followed the editor-in-chief of RT editor Margarita Simonyan, who used her own Twitter platform to accuse the social network of forcing them to "spend big" in the elections.
Twitter did not comment when asked about the charges, Reuters reported.
The satellite told the AFP news agency that he "never used Twitter advertising."
Twitter is one of many companies that want to show that they can regulate themselves when it became clear that Russian-speaking groups are using their advertising platform. His lawyers must appear before the public hearings of the Senate and House intelligence committees to discuss possible intervention on 1 November.
Russia has repeatedly denied that it interfered in the elections in 2016. US intelligence agencies accuse the country of trying to influence Donald Trump's favor in various ways, including by spreading fake news and breaking into the networks of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to undermine Hillary Clinton's rival.
These charges sparked an investigation into possible ties between Russia and Mr. Trump, led by a special lawyer, Rob Muller, the former FBI director.
Mr. Trump denies having any collusion.
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