Twitter admits Russian trolls posted about Brexit

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Twitter has finally admitted Russian-linked accounts were trying to affect the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Twitter's United Kingdom head of public policy Nick Pickles told the committee it had identified "a very small number of accounts" linked to the St Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency.

A Twitter spokesperson told us, "As we noted in our previous letters to the Committee, our investigation has been ongoing and has not been limited to the information requested by the Committee or the Electoral Commission".

"These accounts collectively posted 942 tweets, representing less than 0.02% of the total tweets posted about the referendum during the campaign".

Twitter's United Kingdom policy manager Nick Pickles said that "a very small number of accounts". This was following the news that the tech company had found ads linked to fake accounts, likely run from Russian Federation, influencing the USA election.

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Last year, BuzzFeed News published news of City University's researchers who claimed to have uncovered a network of 13,000 suspected bots tweeting around the time of Brexit.

The social media giant told a House of Commons committee that the accounts received "very low levels of engagement" from other users.

Juniper Downs, YouTube's global head of public policy, told the committee today that the company found "no evidence of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum".

As he said, Facebook provided some information at the end of a year ago, but the Commission said it was inadequate and the company is conducting a new survey to be completed around the end of February.