Twitter has now started to act against the suspected propaganda accounts and suspended 45 additional accounts that were flagged to the company by Buzzfeed News on Tuesday.
The accounts, sharing messages about President Trump, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Brexit, were identified as having close connections to the Russian-linked bot accounts the social media platform had identified to Congress in recent months.
The tweets were primarily in German and often inserted negative messages about Merkel. 20 of the accounts tweeted about Trump, while 21 tweeted about the Brexit referendum — the only ones posted in English.
The findings handed over by Twitter to U.S. lawmakers so far are “only the tip of a very large iceberg,” Daniel Collins, the Conservative chair of the UK parliament’s culture, media, and sport committee, told Buzzfeed. The committee has also launched an investigation into online propaganda and “fake news.”