Twitter has banned ads from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik following the social media giant’s probe into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election. “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,” explained Twitter, in a blog post-Thursday. “We did not come to this decision

lightly, and are taking this step now as part of our ongoing commitment to help protect the integrity of the user experience on Twitter.” Last month, Twitter confirmed that state-owned RT spent $274,100 on U.S. ads on its platform during 2016. In its blog post-Thursday, Twitter said that it will be using RT’s ad spending (projected to be $1.9 million since 2011) for research around civic engagement and electoral misinformation. RT slammed Twitter’s move. READ MORE