Twitter says it has received $1.9 million in advertising dollars from RT since 2011.
Twitter said its decision was based on the USA intelligence community's conclusion that RT and Sputnik tried to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election on behalf of the Russian government. As a effect, RT and Sputnik may no longer purchase advertising on the site, although their accounts will not be suspended.
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 US elections affected their platforms.
In meetings with congressional investigators studying Russia's disinformation campaign, Twitter executives previously shared more than 1,800 promoted tweets from Russia Today, known as RT, and its three main accounts on the site. The company said it would now donate the money to research into the civic impact of Twitter, as well as its abuse by purveyors of fake news and propaganda. She followed up the statement by tweeting a slide that appeared to be from a Twitter presentation. THR has reached out to Twitter for comment. Just yesterday, Russia's embassy in the USA issued a statement, calling on American authorities not to create obstacles for Russian media.
Citing the DNI report, as well as an internal investigation, the social media company said the Russian interference "is not something we want on Twitter". Mark Warner, D-Va., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and John McCain, R-Ariz., comes in the wake of recent revelations that Kremlin-linked groups exploited American social media to try to influence the 2016 presidential election. CNN, Radio Liberty and Voice of America are reportedly on the list of "potentially undesirable media", but it isn't yet clear what steps would be taken against them.