Twitter gives Senate investigators names of Russia-linked accounts: report

Twitter gives Senate investigators names of Russia-linked accounts: report
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Twitter has handed over to Senate investigators the profile names of 201 accounts linked to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to The Associated Press.

A source told the AP that the profile names or "handles" were handed over sometime this week.

Twitter has faced scrutiny from lawmakers probing Russian election interference after company executives gave a closed-door briefing to congressional investigators last month.

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Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Biden seeks to quell concerns over climate proposals Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Intelligence report warns of climate threats in all countries MORE (Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Twitter demonstrated an “enormous lack of understanding” of the issue during the briefing and called its presentation to investigators “frankly inadequate on almost every level."

Politico had also reported that the social media company had deleted tweets and other data that was considered to be important to officials probing alleged Russian election meddling.

The officials, who spoke anonymously to Politico, said they believed the social platform was one of the Kremlin’s most important tools in its attempts to meddle in the U.S. election. 

Russian actors utilized bots, fake users, Twitter campaigns and exaggerated or fake stories to try to sway Americans, according to the officials. 

Twitter is schedule to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Nov. 1.