Russians tied to three Twitter accounts that falsely implied links to TNGOP

Federal lawmakers and Twitter acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that three social media accounts masquerading as the Tennessee Republican Party’s were tied to Russia’s effort to undermine last year’s election, reports The Tennessean.

The Russian-created accounts include one President Donald Trump responded to with his own tweet as recently as September.

At separate hearings in front of the House and Senate intelligence committees, officials from Twitter, Facebook and Google were grilled by lawmakers about their company’s inability to fight Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

As part of the hearing, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on the House Select Intelligence Committee, released a 65-page list containing 2,752 Twitter accounts the company identified as Russian trolls.

The list included three accounts that some thought were pretending to be the Tennessee Republican Party. They are: @10_GOP, @TEN_GOP and @realTEN_GOP.

… Discussing the @TEN_GOP account Wednesday, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said, “That Twitter handle was very active, as you know, and it was in fact a Kremlin creation.”

Speier noted that the Tennessee Republican Party repeatedly told Twitter that the account was a fraud, but it wasn’t taken down until August. Since the account appeared in late 2015, the state Republican Party three times told Twitter the account, which featured the Tennessee seal, was misleading.

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