Twitter says Russia-linked accounts more widespread

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Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) claims to have evidence that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department conducted surveillance of Trump's presidential transition.

"I've never seen anything quite like it", said Bret Schafer, an analyst at the Alliance.

The potential Russia-linked activity on Twitter is just one wrinkle in the comprehensive and wide-ranging influence campaign that boosted Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

"The only conclusion you can draw right now is that certain Russian accounts that have previously been associated with pushing anti-American narratives are also pushing this narrative and pushing it effectively", said Maddox, an adjunct professor of national security at George Mason University.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat, said Friday that lawmakers had to sign a waiver produced by the House Intelligence Committee that barred them from obtaining copies of the report, taking notes about the report or discussing anything they read in the report.

Conaway said late Friday that he would like to make this report public, but declined to say if the intelligence committee would exercise its classification override powers.

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SAN FRANCISCO -Twitter admitted Friday that more Internet trolls, unleashed by the Russian government, spread divisive messages and disinformation during the USA presidential election than it originally said.

In addition to other findings, Twitter said it discovered 13,512 accounts engaged in what it believed to be "automated, election-related activity originating out of Russian Federation", bringing the total number of such accounts to 50,258.

"Any such activity represents a challenge to democratic societies everywhere, and we're committed to continuing to work on this important issue", Twitter said in the update.

Twitter's role in Russian election propaganda has been well known since fall, when the company testified in front of the US Senate, alongside Google and Facebook.

Twitter will also notify 677,775 USA users about their interactions with accounts run by a Kremlin-linked troll farm called the Internet Research Agency. In a blog post, Twitter said it has suspended all of the accounts for violating the site's terms of service and has handed over the accounts to Congress.

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