While Facebook’s role in spreading false information during last US presidential election is well documented, Twitter had also played role in spreading Russian propaganda. And now, the microblogging platform has revealed that about 50,000 Russia-backed accounts on the platform were used to spread false information. Similar to Facebook’s notifications to affected users, Twitter has announced that it will notify over 650,000 users who either followed, retweeted or liked a tweet from the accounts in question.
This latest announcement comes as Twitter has been conducting its own investigation for roles the company might have played during last election. In order to prevent similar incidents in future, Twitter has revealed that it will limit usage of Twitter API in future. Currently, the API gives users ability to operate multiple accounts from different services.
Back in October, Twitter attracted criticisms as it blocked Russian media sites Russia Today and Sputnik from advertising on its platform after it was revealed that both publications tried to interfere with the election. Ahead of 2018 election, the company said that it will “monitor trends and spikes in conversations relating to the 2018 elections for potential manipulation activity.”