Russia's RT Publishes Twitter's $1.5 Million Pitch for 2016 Election Coverage Boost

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Twitter's move to self-regulate comes as lawmakers are considering legislation that, if passed, would require social media companies to maintain public records for election ads run on their platforms, holding them to the same disclaimers seen in broadcast and print election ads.

Russian state-owned television station RT says Twitter had pushed it to spend millions on advertising ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.

"We still hope that in the end the company will deem it necessary to analyse this situation in detail and in the end will come to a conclusion that the work of free mass media, which RT and Sputnik are certainly part of, should in no way be qualified as meddling in the electoral process of the United States of America or any other country", Peskov said.

In response, Sputnik called Twitter's decision "regrettable", while RT said it had "never been involved in any illegal activity online" and "never pursued an agenda of influencing the U.S. election through any platforms, including Twitter".

"It is based on the work back that we have done around the american election of 2016 and the conclusion to which arrived the us intelligence services that both RT that Sputnik have attempted to interfere with the election for the account of the Russian government", said Twitter in a statement.

"We consider this a yet another aggressive step aiming to block the activity of Russian channel RT", Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.

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She added that "retaliatory measures will naturally follow", a message echoed by RT's editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan.

"Having since been banned, and in order to set the record straight, we are publishing Twitter's presentation and details of the offer in full", RT said in its latest article. "RT and Sputnik may remain organic users on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules".

Twitter, Facebook and Google's general counsels are scheduled to testify in Washington D.C.in the House and Senate intelligence committees next week about how Russian involvement in USA elections affected their platforms.

Twitter also risked appearing partial by imposing a ban on Russia-linked agencies, he said.

The company said it's taking the $1.9 million it estimated it earned from RT global advertising since it joined as an advertiser in 2011 and donating it to funds that support external research into the use of Twitter in civic engagement and elections.

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