Facebook and Twitter to help UK’s inquiry into whether Russia interfered with Brexit vote

Facebook logos are pictured on the screens of a smartphone (R), and a laptop computer, in central London on November 21, 2016

Fb and Twitter have stated they are going to help the UK’s inquiries into Russian interference within the EU referendum.

The companies obtained written requests from the Electoral Fee for info referring to marketing campaign exercise through the regulated interval for the Brexit referendum.

Along with this, they obtained letters from a parliamentary inquiry into pretend information – in the same method to the hearings being held by US lawmakers.

The digital, tradition, media and sport choose committee has expressed its considerations that social media accounts which had been accused of interfering within the US presidential election had been additionally energetic through the Brexit referendum.

Analysis by lecturers has proven 419 accounts energetic on Twitter concerning the presidential election had additionally been concerned in discussions about Brexit, though the proof tying these accounts to Russia has not been revealed.

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Code showing the links to tweets with Russian links
Code displaying tweets with suspected Russian hyperlinks

Nick Pickles, Twitter’s head of public coverage within the UK, stated: “We’re at present enterprise investigations into these questions and intend to share our findings within the coming weeks.”

Simon Milner, Fb’s senior public coverage consultant within the UK, stated his firm was additionally aiding the Electoral Fee.

“Within the meantime, we stay dedicated to aiding your committee’s wider inquiry into ‘pretend information’,” added Mr Milner.

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