(Meduza) – In a statement published on Thursday, October 26, Twitter announced that it is “off-boarding” all advertising from accounts owned by RT and Sputnik, the two Russian-government-controlled media outlets accused by the American intelligence community of trying to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Twitter cited its own “retrospective work” and “the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government.”
“We did not come to this decision lightly, and are taking this step now as part of our ongoing commitment to help protect the integrity of the user experience on Twitter,”
the company said in a press release.
Twitter says it will also donate $1.9 million (the amount of money the company earned from RT global advertising since it became an advertiser in 2011) to “support external research into the use of Twitter in civic engagement and elections, including use of malicious automation and misinformation, with an initial focus on elections and automation.”