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28 October, 2017, 01:19 | Author: Janis Wilson
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Officials from Google and Facebook, which have both reported 2016 ads sponsored by Russian actors, have also agreed to testify.

Russia Today and Sputnik are Russian state-funded media organizations and have been linked to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.

In a blog post, Twitter PublicPolicy said that the decision was made following the events of the 2016 election and the U.S. intelligence community's conclusions that the Russian actors attempted to interfere on behalf of the Russian government.

In line with the legislation that Congress is pushing, Twitter will have a database cataloging the various political ads, including such information as who paid for them, how much they cost and which users they're targeting.

"Retaliatory measures will naturally follow".

Off-boarding advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik.

Margarita Simonyan, the RT editor-in-chief, said she regretted the ban in light of Russia's possible measures against USA media.

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"Having since been banned, and in order to set the record straight, we are publishing Twitter's presentation and details of the offer in full", RT said in its latest article.

Twitter said it would donate the estimated $1.9m (£1.5m) it had earned from RT advertising "to support external research into the use of Twitter in civic engagement and elections". It is not clear what other correspondence took place between RT and Twitter over the issue.

U.S. experts say both go about as "a stage for Kremlin informing".

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the move an "aggressive step" which was the "result of pressure from some of the USA establishment and security services". If you want, it can be perceived as an action of solidarity with RT and Sputnik...

"It would be more helpful if Twitter focused on bots rather than RT and Sputnik", he said, referring to anonymous accounts and automated accounts.

Twitter announced Thursday, shortly after Simonyan's remarks, that it would no longer run ads from Russian-funded news outlets RT and Sputnik.

Padraig Reidy, a former editor at Index on Censorship, a UK-based free speech group, said greater transparency would be a better approach.

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