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tek wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:48 pm
If true, that was a pretty dumb move on Cohen's part.
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Burr: Facebook to testify publicly on Russian electoral disruption

The Senate Intelligence Committee chairman said Tuesday that he expects Facebook officials to appear at a public hearing examining its role in Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election.

The social networking giant is under intense scrutiny for its involvement in Russian meddling during last year's presidential campaign and acknowledged earlier this month that it accepted about $150,000 in political ad spending from entities potentially linked to Russia. ...

The Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, said Tuesday that he and Burr are in agreement on the public hearing and said that he would also like to see Twitter officials appear to discuss Russian advertising activity on the platform during the election.


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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:38 pm

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After Russian Facebook ads, Democrats seek new FEC rules on social media politics

Democrats on Capitol Hill are launching new efforts to prevent Russians and other foreigners outside the U.S. from using social media to interfere in future American elections.

House and Senate Democrats plan to send a letter to the Federal Election Commission this week asking them to consider new rules that would prevent foreigners from using online advertising platforms like Facebook and Twitter to influence voters.

The letter will likely be sent and made public on Wednesday, Daniel Jacobs a spokesperson for Rep. John Sarbanes, the chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, an initiative of House Democrats, told CNN.

Sen. Mark Warner's office is also looking at crafting legislation that would require disclaimers on who paid for advertisements, Rachel Cohen, one of his spokespeople, told CNN.

The efforts come two weeks after Facebook informed Congress that it had sold more than 3,000 ads to accounts linked to a Russian troll farm between June 2015 and May 2017.


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Post by kate520 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:40 pm

Barn door much? :roll: :roll:
Also, too little, too late.


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Post by Foggy » Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:41 pm

Srsly, that is some anal and weak, pathetic stuff.

What we really need is a group of ruthless and highly talented, motivated hackers to take down Russia, bigly.

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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:33 pm

The New Yorker - Ryan Lizza
Why Is Congress Conducting Its Russia Investigation in Secret?

Most of the witnesses being interviewed by the Senate and House committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election have been granted a remarkable courtesy. The norm in Washington is for testimony to be conducted before cameras in a public setting, where congressmen and senators compete for attention and interrogate witnesses in the hopes of achieving a viral “gotcha” moment. But in recent weeks several figures central to the investigation, including Jared Kushner and Donald Trump, Jr., have been allowed to sit for interviews behind closed doors.

The closed-door interview has become the unfortunate new norm, in which the public is denied insight into an important investigation. Roger Stone, Trump’s longtime on-again, off-again adviser, who is scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee next week, requested a public hearing but was told it would be closed. The private conversations seem to be the product of a bipartisan agreement: Democrats get the witnesses they want, and Republicans are able to reduce the anti-Trump spectacle of the hearings. But what is lost is the transparency Americans have come to expect from congressional investigations going back decades—Watergate, Iran-Contra, the various Clinton scandals, the 9/11 Commission. The investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, will remain behind closed doors and confidential until its conclusion, as is common of probes into potential criminal conduct. But the various congressional committees are looking at the broader implications of Russia’s attack on our democracy, an inquiry that cries out for open testimony as a way to inform the public.

Unlike the aggressive congressional investigations of Watergate and Iran-Contra, today’s private interviews have afforded witnesses in the Russia investigation with a unique opportunity. Both Kushner and Trump, Jr., released long public statements that were not subject to tough cross-examination in public by members of the committee. The statements have become increasingly fatuous and more like press releases. Kushner’s statement was filled with pabulum about a life and career dedicated to quiet public service.


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Twitter a growing focus of Senate Russia probe

The Senate's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is about to turn its sights on Twitter.

The company has agreed to meet with the Intelligence Committee’s staff investigators in Washington on a specific date before mid-October, according to a source close to the investigation. Twitter will discuss the role its platform played in the distribution of Russian misinformation during the presidential campaign, the source said.

While Facebook — and its giant user base — has garnered much of the early attention in the Senate's investigation, Twitter is also emerging as an area of interest. Twitter has a much smaller user base than Facebook, but its ability to inject information into the U.S. media ecosystem has become a focus of investigators.

Of particular interest is the prominence of bots — or automated accounts used to post and amplify information — on Twitter, and what role they may have played in making misleading campaign season tweets go viral. Investigators are also looking at how stories and memes distributed by Russian actors on Twitter found their way onto U.S. news sites, particularly conservative-leaning outlets.

In addition, investigators are exploring whether the popularity of Russian-linked posts promoting "fake news" stories boosted those stories' ranking in Google search results. They are also probing whether Russians might have used Twitter to quietly pass along damaging information to collaborators — similar to the way the site has been used by political action committees to share information with political campaigns with which they’re legally prohibited from coordinating.


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Facebook to release to Congress Russian-purchased ads linked to 2016 election

Facebook has struck a deal with Capitol Hill investigators to release advertisements purchased by Russians to influence the 2016 campaign and some associated information with them, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Facebook did not respond for comment. The move comes amid mounting pressure from Congress to release the Russian-related ads, particularly criticism from Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat of Virginia.

The company is also turning over the information to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team but had previously only shown some of the ads to members on the Hill in a private session and had not released extensive information about the ads.

The ads have become of increasing interest to Mueller and his team, according to people familiar with the investigation, because they could show Russian efforts to interfere and who was behind them.
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Facebook to give Congress copies of 3,000 political ads bought through Russian accounts, reversing previous decision

The company had previously shown some of the ads to Capitol Hill investigators but took back copies before they could be studied carefully, citing concerns over user privacy at the time. Facebook has reversed that position amid rising complaints from Capitol Hill that the company was not cooperating fully with its investigation.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg was to announce the decision on Facebook Live at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, citing an extensive legal and policy review that concluded that it was vitally important to cooperate fully with Congress and that the company could do so in a way that didnt endanger user privacy, according to a blog post by Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch.


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Post by TollandRCR » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:24 pm

Should I start taking the Congressional committees seriously?


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Grassley: Did FBI brief Trump campaign on Manafort, Russia?

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wants know if the FBI warned the Trump campaign about attempts by individuals tied to Russia to "infiltrate" the organization.

Grassley sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday asking if the bureau had given "defensive briefings" or otherwise alerted Trump officials about "potential connections between campaign officials and the Russian government."

"If the FBI did provide a defensive briefing or similar warning to the campaign, then that would raise important questions about how the Trump campaign responded," wrote Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

If the FBI didn't brief the campaign, Grassley wants to know why not and who was involved in the discussions and if a controversial opposition research dossier — which has been a frequent target of Grassley's — impacted the decision.

Grassley is asking that the FBI respond to his letter by Oct. 4.


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House intel Democrat on Russia probe: 'If you had seen what I have seen, you'd want me to go full throttle'

Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, said the public would want him to "go full throttle" if they saw what he had seen during the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The committee's probe "is closer to its infancy than conclusion," Quigley said during an event moderated by Renato Mariotti, a longtime federal prosecutor, in Chicago on Thursday.

And working with the committee's chairman, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, "has been much more difficult and troublesome" since the Russia investigation began, Quigley said.

He said that while Nunes stepped aside from leading the probe in April, he had "not fully given up" the responsibilities of that role.

"For instance, he insisted that he still be the one who signs the subpoenas," Quigley said. "So who's the boss? You can't have two people running the investigation on the House side. The subpoena power is extraordinarily important ... This has created just one issue we have in moving forward."


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Post by Slim Cognito » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:12 pm

Addie wrote:
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:54 pm
Business Insider
House intel Democrat on Russia probe: 'If you had seen what I have seen, you'd want me to go full throttle'

Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, said the public would want him to "go full throttle" if they saw what he had seen during the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The committee's probe "is closer to its infancy than conclusion," Quigley said during an event moderated by Renato Mariotti, a longtime federal prosecutor, in Chicago on Thursday.

And working with the committee's chairman, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, "has been much more difficult and troublesome" since the Russia investigation began, Quigley said.

He said that while Nunes stepped aside from leading the probe in April, he had "not fully given up" the responsibilities of that role.

"For instance, he insisted that he still be the one who signs makes sure no subpoenas are issued," Quigley said. "So who's the boss? You can't have two people running the investigation on the House side. The subpoena power is extraordinarily important ... This has created just one issue we have in moving forward."
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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:36 am

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Roger Stone's moment of truth? ...

Except that the ride is now taking the Republican operative and self-professed "dirty trickster" before the House Intelligence Committee, where he is scheduled to testify in closed session on September 26 as part of the panel's investigation of Russian government interference in the 2016 election. Stone steadfastly denies any involvement, in yet another uncharacteristic display of modesty.

Not that Stone isn't loving every minute of the attention. He only regrets that the hearing will be held in private. As he told CNN, "I have again asked for immediate release of the transcripts so that there will be no confusion or misinformation about my testimony. I very much look forward to testifying and I am anxious to correct a number of the misstatements by committee members regarding my activities in 2016." ...

Stone first drew the scrutiny of Congress and counterintelligence officials after he seemed to uncannily forecast the embarrassment of John Podesta, Clinton's campaign chairman.

On August 21, Stone tweeted that it would soon be "Podesta's time in the barrel." Two months later WikiLeaks published a tranche of Podesta's hacked Gmail correspondence. Much has since been made of Stone's tweet, not least of all by Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee's ranking Democrat, who extrapolated dark collusion from that admittedly vague comment.

Stone, however, insists that his remark has been misinterpreted. He was referring, he writes in his book, to Podesta's forthcoming comeuppance for his "and his allies savaging of Paul Manafort," the embattled former Trump campaign manager, over "a series of leaks and false claims regarding his business activities in Ukraine." CNN reported this week that Manafort had been wiretapped by the FBI beginning in 2014, in part over his business activities in Ukraine, and that a source said that the surveillance of Manafort had lapsed for lack of evidence, before resuming on another matter related to the Russia investigation.


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White House stonewalls Capitol Hill over records in Russia probe

(CNN)Tension is rising between congressional investigators probing Russia meddling and the Trump administration, as the White House and Justice Department withhold a number of records sought by Capitol Hill at a critical time in the investigations.

Operating on parallel tracks from special counsel Robert Mueller, the three congressional committees probing Russia's election meddling have asked for scores of documents related to everything from Jared Kushner's security clearance to records surrounding President Donald Trump's discussions with James Comey before he was fired as FBI director.

At the same time, the GOP leader of the House intelligence committee is threatening to hold a public hearing this week over documents the Justice Department has so far failed to turn over to Capitol Hill regarding the FBI's ties to a British operative who compiled a dossier of allegations on Trump's connections with Russia.

And the GOP-led Senate judiciary committee is in a growing standoff with the Justice Department's deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, over several issues, including the department's decision to prevent two senior FBI officials from sitting down for transcribed interviews on Capitol Hill to provide eyewitness accounts of the Comey firing.


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Trump associates to talk to House panel in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence panel will interview two of President Donald Trump’s associates behind closed doors this week as congressional committees step up their investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone and former staffer Boris Epshteyn will talk to the House panel. Stone confirmed his interview, which will be held Tuesday. Epshteyn will also speak to the committee this week, according to a source familiar with the interview. The person declined to be named because the panel’s meetings are private.

The interviews come as the House and Senate intelligence panels are looking into the meddling and scrutinizing the spread of false news stories and propaganda on social media. The Senate intelligence committee will speak to officials from Twitter Thursday, also behind closed doors. ...

Beyond this week, the committees plan for a busy October, with the Senate intelligence panel bringing Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, in for a public hearing Oct. 25. Senate committee leaders have also said they want Facebook and other social media outlets to appear publicly next month.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify Oct, 18 before the Senate Judiciary Committee — the first time since he was confirmed in February. Sessions has recused himself from Russia investigations, and the Justice Department has appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the involvement of Russia in the U.S. election. But Sessions is still likely to face questions about Russia and the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.


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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:51 pm

The Hill OpEd - Asha Rangappa
Mueller isn't all powerful — We need an election interference commission ...

The (lack of) progress made by the House and Senate Intelligence Committee demonstrates that they are not capable of adequately supplementing Mueller’s investigation, nor picking up the pieces if he is dismissed. The House Committee’s partisan kabuki dance has only further obfuscated the Russia investigation for most Americans, and even the Senate Committee’s more deliberate approach has been unsuccessful — its attempt to question attorney Michael Cohen last week ended like a bad family Thanksgiving dinner, with Cohen walking out mid-interview and releasing a public statement against the committee’s wishes.

Even apart from this chaos, the bandwidth of these committees is simply not broad enough to address the mind-boggling breadth of Russia’s operations, which now includes social media, state voting systems, and overseas actors like Wikileaks, not to mention potential ties to the Trump campaign. After all, these same committee members also have to attend to pressing issues like health care, and preventing nuclear war — there are only so many hours in the day.

Each new revelation of Russia’s active measures increases the urgency for Congress to create an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the full scale of Russia’s interference and produce a comprehensive report to the public. A commission would not only be able to investigate how Russia was able to execute its ambitious operation, but also address policy issues that are beyond the purview of Mueller’s investigation, like closing loopholes on social media platforms and reinforcing cybersecurity for state and local voting infrastructure. Most importantly, it would send a unified message to Russia that despite our internal political differences, the United States will not tolerate a foreign attack on our democracy.

Over the last 50 years, the United States has risen above partisan politics to address serious violations of civil rights, presidential misfeasance and foreign attacks on U.S. soil. The Church Committee, the Iran-Contra Commission and the 9/11 Commission all took the time to thoroughly investigate issues of pressing public interest — and all resulted in a significant overhaul of our intelligence and government accountability requirements. We have dedicated significant time and resources to investigating our own intelligence agencies — it is only logical that we would do as much, if not more, to investigate a hostile foreign intelligence service that assaulted and subverted our most fundamental democratic process: a presidential election.

Russia can only succeed in its efforts if it continues to operate in the shadows. Transparency and accountability — two hallmarks of our democracy that Russia does not support nor practice — are what will render them ineffective. It's time for Congress to part the clouds and let in the sunlight.


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Trump ally Roger Stone insists no evidence of Russia collusion ...

Stone is defending himself in a lengthy statement released ahead of a closed-door appearance before the House intelligence committee Tuesday. He has also released a series of supporting documents, including direct messages he exchanged with Guccifer 2.0, the unnamed hacker who has taken credit for breaking into Democratic National Committee email servers.

"While some may label me a dirty trickster, the members of this committee could not point to any tactic that is outside the accepted norms of what political strategists and consultants do today. I do not engage in any illegal activities on behalf of my clients or the causes in which I support," Stone said in the prepared statement. "There is one 'trick' that is not in my bag and that is treason."

Stone, a Republican strategist who has known Mr. Trump for many years and informally advised him during the 2016 campaign, also denies he had advance knowledge of the leak of former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's emails and says he never colluded with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He has long denied that he worked with Russian officials to influence the presidential election.

"I recognize that those who believe that there was collusion between the Trump camp and the Russian state, now say Stone, 'MUST HAVE' been involved, but that is not based on one shred of evidence," Stone writes. "This is nothing more than conjecture, supposition, projection, allegation, and coincidence, none of it proven by evidence or fact."

Stone's interview comes as the House and Senate intelligence panels are looking into the Russian meddling and possible links to Trump's campaign. Stone has been part of the investigation partly because he has said he communicated during the presidential campaign with Guccifer 2.0.
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New York Daily News: Roger Stone denies Russian collusion, insults congressional investigators in combative House testimony


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Senate Judiciary Committee to subpoena Manafort documents, top Democrat says

The Senate Judiciary Committee has reached an agreement to subpoena documents from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort as part of its ongoing probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, according to the top Democrat on the panel.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told reporters Tuesday that the committee had decided to subpoena documents, but a spokesman for Feinstein would not detail what documents the committee is seeking. A spokesman for the committee chairman, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), did not immediately return a request for comment.

Manafort has long been a focus of congressional investigators looking into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort was personally and professionally connected to several allies of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin. At one point, he even offered a Putin ally “private briefings” on the status of the 2016 campaign, people familiar with the discussions told The Washington Post.


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Post by kate520 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:45 am

I don’t see how, after all this time and hullabaloo, these guys have any incriminating documents left in their possession. Do you? Stone is slime, I expect he destroyed a lot.


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Senate Judiciary tells CIA to hand over information related to Russian meddling

The GOP chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee want the CIA to hand over information related to Russian meddling in the 2016 election that the Senate intelligence committee has already viewed.

The push from Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein came in a letter to CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Monday. While the duo did not specify the nature of the data made available to the Senate intelligence panel for its Russsia investigation, Grassley and Feinstein said the information fell under their committee's jurisdiction too.

"Russian interference in the 2016 election — a matter that implicates federal criminal laws, our electoral processes, and the administration of justice — is one of those circumstances involving matters squarely within the Judiciary Committee's work," Grassley and Feinstein wrote to Pompeo.

"Our committee should have access to these materials under the same terms as the intelligence committee," the duo added.

Feinstein is also a member of the intelligence committee, enabling her to view the information at issue.


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The Senate Will Subpoena Paul Manafort to Testify at a Public Hearing on the Russia Investigation

The ranking Democrat of the Senate judiciary committee and its Republican chairman have reached a deal to subpoena former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in order to make him attend a public hearing.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told CNN Wednesday the she and Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have agreed to terms regarding Manafort as part of the committee's investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election and possibly the FBI during both the Trump and Obama administrations. ...

A Feinstein spokesperson told CNN that the subpoena agreement is "in principle" and that details are still being hammered out. Grassley also confirmed the deal to the outlet and said that specific details are being finalized.

Manafort has tried to avoid appearing at a public hearing on the matter in recent months, cutting a deal with investigators in July in exchange for documents and a closed-door, transcribed interview with the committee. President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., took the same deal.


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Google, Twitter, Reddit and others could be drawn into an investigation by the U.S. Congress into Russia and the 2016 election

A congressional investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election — and the way in which Kremlin-aligned forces may have pursued their efforts on social media — is already expanding beyond early scrutiny of Facebook.

For Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on his chamber’s intelligence committee, there are fresh fears about the extent to which Russian agents may have tapped bots to amplify their message on other websites like Twitter, he told Recode on Wednesday. To that end, Twitter is set to brief staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is leading the probe, next week.

“Just as the case with Facebook ... I think the Russians actively used Twitter accounts,” Warner explained. “They don’t screen out as much anonymous or fake accounts, but I feel like it’s important to let them come in and make that presentation first.”

Warner is also concerned as to what role, if any, other websites like Reddit may have played in spreading misinformation, his office confirmed, after hearing from security experts about misinformation spread there. And earlier this spring, the Virginia Democrat had briefings from Google, a spokeswoman for the senator confirmed. Even now, the Virginia Democrat told Recode, he remains troubled by the way in which Google displayed search results related to the 2016 election. ...

The flurry of uncomfortable questions for these tech giants presages what might be a tough public grilling before the intelligence committee as soon as next month. Warner said his goal is to hold a hearing in October, and the panel’s leader, Republican Sen. Richard Burr, seems to agree. But Burr has not formally set a date, nor have companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter received official requests to testify.


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Twitter finds hundreds of accounts tied to Russian operatives

Twitter has shut down 201 accounts that were tied to the same Russian operatives who posted thousands of political ads on Facebook, the company told congressional investigators Thursday and revealed in a blog in the afternoon.

The company also found three accounts from the news site RT — which Twitter linked to the Kremlin — that spent $274,100 in ads on Twitter’s platform in 2016.

The meeting between the company and Congressional investigators is part of a widening government probe into how Russian operatives used Facebook, Google, Twitter and other social media platforms to sow division and disinformation during the 2016 campaign. Those companies are under increasing pressure from Capitol Hill to investigate Russian meddling on their platforms and are facing the possibility of new regulations that could impact their massive advertising businesses.

The Twitter accounts, which were taken down over the last month, were associated with 470 accounts and pages that Facebook last month said came from the International Research Agency, a Russia-connect troll farm. Twitter said the groups on Facebook had 22 corresponding Twitter accounts. Twitter then found an additional 179 accounts linked to those 22.


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