Russia Today, the news outlet that tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections by way of social media based on the U.S. intelligence community, on Friday revealed Twitter's multi-million-dollar election advertising sales pitch.
RT, which stated it didn't take the pitch, published the proposal one day following Twitter declared it'd banned RT and Sputnik from placing ads on its platform. The social media giant said it removed all advertisements.
RT also denied Twitter's report "implying that RT was hoping to influence US public opinion, crucially without providing context that virtually all news media businesses spend less on advertising their news coverage."
Twitter, which is working with U.S. lawmakers as they continue to research meddling in the election, in a blog post stated it was banning advertisements "as part of our continuing commitment to help protect the integrity of the consumer experience on Twitter."
"Early this season, the U.S. intelligence community named RT and Sputnik as implementing state-sponsored Russian efforts to interfere with and disrupt the 2016 Presidential election, which is not something we want on Twitter," the post continued.
Twitter, Facebook and Google are under intense scrutiny by the U.S. government for permitting foreign groups to purchase political ads targeting U.S. Republicans and will all testify before Congress concerning the role the firms played in Russia's effort to influence the election on Nov. 1.
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