President Trump retweeted content from a fake account affiliated with Russia, a member of a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee revealed this week.
The account in question, @10_gop, tweeted “We love you, Mr. President,” and Trump retweeted the post saying “So nice, thank you!” on Sept. 19.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who sits on the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, flagged the account as being inauthentic and run by Russians. Although the post was not an ad, the post shows that content originating from Russia-linked accounts spread through the social media platform.
Yep, Trump thanked and retweeted a Russian account, @10_GOP. A giant screenshot of it displayed today in House intel hearing pic.twitter.com/8CJO7Zf0Fl— Jon Passantino (@passantino) November 2, 2017
Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former campaign manager and now counselor to the president, and Donald Trump Jr. also retweeted the account, according to Leahy.
Twitter has found thousands of inauthentic accounts and ads that were run by Russia-linked media companies. The accounts have since been removed. Meanwhile, RT and Sputnik, both funded by the Kremlin, have been banned from advertising on Twitter.
Twitter is updating their advertising policies in an attempt to increase transparency about ads on Twitter.
Top executives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter are on Capitol Hill this week to testify about how Russia used their platforms in the 2016 election to instigate political chaos.