A report submitted to a Senate committee about Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election says that social media companies made misleading or evasive claims about whether the efforts tried to discourage voting or targeted African-Americans on their platforms. The report, which is based largely on data provided to Congress by companies such as Facebook and Twitter, was produced for the Senate Intelligence Committee by New Knowledge, a cybersecurity company, along with researchers at Columbia University and Canfield Research. It found the Russian campaign focused on influencing African-Americans and also tried to suppress voting.
Researchers wrote that the platforms “may have misrepresented or evaded in some of their statements to Congress” and that “it is unclear whether these answers were the result of faulty or lacking analysis, or a more deliberate evasion.”
Here are some past statements from social media companies about Russian targeting of certain demographics and attempts to suppress turnout among Democratic voters