Russian government accounts are still active on Twitter


To some political leaders in the United States and Europe, that makes no sense. Several members of Congress, from Republican Sens. James Lankford (Okla.) and Thom Tillis (N.C.) to Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.), have blasted Twitter in particular for continuing to host Russian government accounts, such as those of the Kremlin and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They say the pages serve a crucial function in Russia’s propaganda machine, which has kicked into high gear amid the war.

“RT NOW if @twitter should BAN the baby-killing country of Russia from its platform,” Swalwell tweeted on March 7.

So far, none of the major social platforms have done that, even as Russia has cracked down on them within its own borders, including blocking Facebook and Instagram entirely. Instead, with some exceptions, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok…

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