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Congressman: Twitter Only Revealed Russian Accounts that Facebook Already Found

“It is clear that Twitter has significant forensic work to do to understand the depth and breadth of Russian activity during the campaign,” Adam Schiff said on Thursday after meeting with Twitter.

Twitter participated in a series of briefings on Capitol Hill today where they intended to lay out the scope of Russian interference on their platform during the Russian campaign.

Their report, that roughly 200 accounts were identified with from Russian-linked sources was met with deep skepticism by legislators and national security analysts.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said

“Twitter has identified and taken remedial steps against accounts linked to Russian government actors. Much of the information that Twitter used to identify Russian-linked accounts, however, was derived from Facebook’s own analysis, and it is clear that Twitter has significant forensic work to do to understand the depth and breadth of Russian activity during the campaign.”

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) echoed the sentiment.

“The notion that their work was basically derivative, based upon accounts that Facebook had identified, showed an enormous lack of understanding from the Twitter team of how serious this issue is, the threat it poses to democratic institutions, and again, begs many more questions than they [answer],”

National security expert Clint Watts tweeted:

“Some thoughts on Twitter – they don’t know who is on their platform Russia or otherwise…Twitter only identifies accounts they removed because Facebook helped them.”

Tech reporter Tony Romm piled on.

“I cannot stress enough that Twitter might be in some deep shit come Nov. 1, when the Senate wants it to testify.”