Twitter reportedly deleted tweets and other crucial user data that federal investigators may have been able to use in their investigation of potential Russia interference in the 2016 presidential election, current and former cybersecurity officials told Politico on Friday.
The officials, who spoke anonymously, told the news outlet that they believe Twitter was one of the Kremlin’s most important tools in its attempt to influence the election.
Russian actors utilized bots, fake users, Twitter campaigns and exaggerated or fake stories to try to sway Americans, the officials said.
Much of this information is no longer available, according to the officials.
“The truth is they don’t know who is on their platform, or how bad people are doing bad things," former FBI agent Clint Watts told Politico.