Facebook and Twitter Deleted Data Crucial to Investigating Russian Accounts

Wochit Headline News - Friday, 13 October 2017  (1 week ago)
Data that may have proved critical to investigations into Russia-funded political ads appears to have been tossed by Facebook and Twitter into the proverbial shredder. Both platforms have deleted data that researchers say is crucial to understanding the motives and impact behind social media propaganda that targeted American voters last year. In Twitter’s case, information tied to the Russian influence campaign was reportedly scrubbed per a company policy requiring all user data to be expunged once the corresponding accounts are no more. Facebook, however, has instead blamed a “bug.”

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