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Microblogging site Twitter is under scrutiny for enabling the spread of misinformation and Russian election-related ads in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election. On September 28, 2017, Twitter’s head of global public policy Colin Crowell discussed Russian activity on its platform with members of the US Congress behind closed doors. After the meeting, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee accused Twitter of displaying an “enormous lack of understanding” and questioned the company’s commitment to the investigation. On the same day, Twitter posted this update on its blog detailing some of the steps the company has been taking to prevent nefarious activities on the site. getAbstract would like to give you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with Twitter’s side of the story.

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  • What measures Twitter has been taking to prevent nefarious activities on the platform and
  • How Twitter is trying to harness the platform’s potential to do good in the world.
 

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Twitter is working with US congressional committees to investigate how “malicious bots and misinformation networks” used Twitter to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections. Considering that users publish hundreds of millions of new tweets every day, policing the platform is a daunting task. However, Twitter has taken measures to thwart activities that violate the company’s terms of service. Since 2016, Twitter has developed the following tools to combat the proliferation of automated content: 


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