Twitter has instructed a parliamentary inquiry that it has discovered little proof of Russian involvement within the 2016 EU referendum marketing campaign.
Writing to Damian Collins MP, who’s main the Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee’s inquiry into pretend information and misinformation, the social media platform stated it had examined accounts recognized by Metropolis College as doubtlessly being Russian state-sponsored.
Nevertheless it stated: “We should not have sufficiently robust proof to allow us to conclusively hyperlink them with Russia or certainly the Web Analysis Company.”
The Web Analysis Company is a Russian on-line affect company.
Twitter additionally stated: “If Twitter identifies additional related data referring to the 2016 EU Referendum we’ll write to you and replace your committee accordingly.”
In reply, Mr Collins stated that there have been nonetheless some excellent questions and wrote: “The failure to acquire straight solutions to those questions, no matter they could be, is just rising considerations about these points, moderately than reassuring individuals.”
The committee additionally introduced particulars of an proof session with the US tech giants that it’s going to maintain subsequent month in Washington.
It will likely be the primary listening to of a Home of Commons choose committee to be held outdoors the UK and might be broadcast reside.
Representatives from Google, Fb and Twitter will give proof, together with executives from CNN, the New York Instances and CBS Information.
Earlier this month, Fb instructed the DCMS committee that it might broaden its investigation into Russian exercise on its platform throughout the Brexit referendum.
It had beforehand instructed the committee that solely 70p had been spent by Russian accounts on adverts throughout the marketing campaign however the committee demanded Fb look once more.