MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian State Duma's International Affairs Committee has stated that Twitter, Facebook and Google handed a victory over to both Russia and the diplomatic community.
"The fact that they have finally acknowledged that they had no clear proof is a great victory for Russia and the diplomatic community, which have been continuously explaining that [the claims of meddling] cannot be true. … Russia never interferes in other states' affairs," Morozov said, adding that the allegations were initially politicized.
Morozov has explained that cyberspace is difficult to monitor, thereby providing numerous opportunities for manipulation.
The Russian lawmaker's statement comes a day after a US Senate hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the US election, a claim repeatedly denied by Moscow. According to Facebook and Google's testimonies, they were unable to specify that RT advertisements had violated accounts on their platforms. Twitter has spoken about a number of Russia-linked accounts concerning the election, admitting, however, that they amounted to one-hundredth of one percent of all Twitter accounts in the period from September-November 2016.
According to the Russian Embassy in the US, the tech giants' testimonies confirm the absence proof of Russia's alleged interference in last year's US election.
Pressure on RT Broadcaster
On October 26, Twitter announced its decision to off-board advertising from all the accounts owned by RT and Sputnik due to the ongoing investigation over their alleged role in the 2016 US presidential election. Sputnik had immediately refuted the claims saying it had never paid for advertising on Twitter.
The broadcaster has also released an advertising campaign offer given to RT by Twitter during the US election worth several million dollars, a proposal eventually rejected by the media outlet.
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In the wake of the pressure on national media in the US amid the probe into the Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Russian Upper House had earlier recommended the country's media outlets refrain from placing ads on Twitter due to all these events.