Twitter pledges to continue working with Mueller after indictments

Twitter pledges to continue working with Mueller after indictments
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Twitter pledged on Friday to continue assisting in the federal Russia probe after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's team charged 13 Russian nationals for operating false Twitter accounts to influence U.S. voters.

In a statement obtained by The Hill, a Twitter spokesperson said that attempts to use the social media platform to interfere in elections violates the company's mission.

"Russian efforts to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, in part by abusing social media platforms, go against everything we at Twitter believe. Any activity of this kind is intolerable, and we all must do more to prevent it," the spokesperson said in an email.

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"We look forward to working with the FBI Task Force to assist companies and the public in identifying foreign manipulation efforts through social media platforms," the spokesperson added.

An indictment handed down by prosecutors on Mueller's team accused the Russian Internet Research Agency and 13 individuals associated with the troll farm of creating hundreds of fake Twitter and Facebook accounts “to develop certain fictitious U.S. personas into ‘leader[s] of public opinion’ in the United States.”

The indictment describes a years-long effort by the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency to spread divisive messages during the 2016 election, while supporting President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE's campaign and undermining his opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Trump jokes he'd get 'electric chair' if he deleted even one 'love note' email to Melania MORE.

Specific Twitter accounts named in Friday's indictment included accounts that the company revealed to Congress last year in a list of known Russian-controlled Twitter handles, including accounts impersonating Black Lives Matter activists and the Tennessee Republican Party.

“This indictment serves as a reminder that people are not always who they appear to be on the Internet,” Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon MORE said at a press briefing announcing the indictments.

“The indictment alleges that the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence in democracy."