A Twitter spokeswoman did not quickly respond to a question for comment about methods to notify its users.
Facebook Inc in December produced a portal where its users could learn whether they had fancied or followed accounts created by the Internet Research Agency. Alphabet Inc has said the way its services finish make it difficult to provide a related notice, a position Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal scrutinized during the hearing.
Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is studying Russian meddling in the 2016 election, praised Twitter’s announcement.
“After months of forcing Twitter to do the right thing, I‘m cheered the company will soon notify users who saw content from Kremlin-backed trolls,” Warner said on Twitter.
Both companies and Alphabet’s YouTube performed before the Senate committee on Wednesday to return lawmaker questions about their works to combat the use of their platforms by violent extremists, such as the Islamic State.
But the hearing often directed to questions of Russian propaganda, a vexing issue for internet firms that spent most of the preceding year responding to a backlash that they did too little to deter Russians from practicing their services to anonymously spread divisive messages among Americans in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. elections.
U.S. intelligence companies concluded Russia sought to intervene in the election through a variety of cyber-enabled centers to sow political discord and help President Donald Trump win. Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations.
The three social media businesses faced a wide array of questions compared to how they police different content on their services, including radical recruitment, gun sales, automated spam accounts, intentionally fake news stories and Russian propaganda.
Monje said Twitter had increased its ability to detect and remove “maliciously automated” records, and now challenged up to 4 million per week – up from 2 million per week last year.
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