Twitter Offered Russian TV Network 15% Of Its Total Share Of US Elections Advertising

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The social media company offered the Russian state-owned television network up to a 15% share of voice on US election advertising - or the percent of all ads run on that topic - for $3 million.

After courting RT's ad dollars during the 2016 election, Twitter reversed course last week when it said it would prohibit accounts owned by the network from advertising on its platform: "This decision was based on the retrospective work we've been doing around the 2016 U.S. election 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."

At an open Senate hearing Tuesday, Twitter, Facebook, and Google were pressed for answers on why they didn't see Russian election meddling taking place inside their platforms.