Twitter named RT in a report last month on alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, and the company noted that RT spent $274,100 to promote tweets to U.S. users.
The Twitter dossier, submitted to a congressional committee investigation into Russian influence in the election, cited a federal intelligence report released earlier this year that claimed RT was a primary tool in Russia’s alleged efforts to swing the U.S. election toward President Donald Trump —a charge RT has denied.
Yet RT maintains a thriving presence on Twitter with 10 million followers.
While the companies ban harassment, hate speech, the promotion of violence and other unsavory posts, they tend to allow unreliable, misleading and highly partisan content, as well as other content that falls in a gray area, in an effort to avoid accusations of censorship and to protect users’ free speech.
YouTube, part of Alphabet Inc., GOOGL -1.94% said in a statement, “We have a wide variety of news channels available on YouTube that represent an array of viewpoints from across the political spectrum.” The company added that it removes videos that violate its policies.
The hysteria surrounding such mundane activities as RT’s social-media advertising of its content—something done by practically all news organizations—speaks to the establishment’s fear of losing the monopoly on information, and betrays a concerted effort to push RT out of the US market.”